Vessels sailing under the Aruba country flag are required to have on board this flag as part of flag state requirements that derive from maritime regulations in the International Code of Signals and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. These codes are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an ongoing effort to reinforce maritime safety procedures and communications to the international maritime community. Fleet management companies and ship owners are responsible to ensure that each vessel in their respective fleets have the appropriate flag signage onboard to be in compliance. This flag is used to identify the flag state a vessel is sailing under and to communicate with other vessels under the provisions of the International Code of Signals.
The flag of Aruba was officially adopted in 1976. The flag consists of a light blue background, sometimes referred to as U.N. blue, the same color as the background of the United Nations flag. However, the color is officially called “Larkspur” blue, and primarily represents the sea. The red star features a white outline and is representative of the four cardinal directions, all the directions from which the many nationalities of the people of Aruba originate from. The white outline of the star represents purity and honesty, as well as the white sand beaches of Aruba. The red star symbolizes love of country by the people of Aruba. It is also a symbolic reminder of the blood shed of people of Aruba, the Indian inhabitants, during the Frenchmen’s Pass war in the 17th century. Two horizontal yellow stripes stretch across the lower portion of the Aruba flag, representing Aruba’s movement towards independence from the Netherlands, while maintaining close ties, as well as abundance, due to mineral wealth brought to the country and people of Aruba.