Vessels sailing under the Cameroon 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 Cameroon Country Flag is represented by three, equally portioned vertical stripes colored green, red and yellow from hoist (left) to fly (right). A yellow star adorns the center of the red stripe and subsequently the center of the flag. It was officially adopted as the National Flag in 1975, and is designated to be proportioned at a ratio of 2:3, height to length, respectively. The yellow star and red stripe symbolize unity for the Country. The yellow stripe represents happiness and the green stripe is meant to show hope.