Vessels sailing under the Kuwait 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 Kuwait Country Flag can be recognized by it's three horizontal stripes of green, white and red. A black trapezoid rests it's base at the hoist, or left side and points toward the fly, or right side. The Flag is designated to be proportioned at a ratio of 1:2, height to length, respectively. The Kuwait Country Flag was officially adopted in 1961. Safie al-Din al Hilli is the author of a poem from which both the colors of the Flag and their meaning were derived. The green color is meant to represent the region's vegetation and fertility, while it also is reminiscent of the Fatimid Dynasty. Black color on the flag represents the defeat of enemies and is used to pay tribute to the Abbasid Dynasty. The white color references the Umayyad Dynasty and means purity of deeds. Red is the color symbolizing the blood of martyrs and the bravery of Kwait citizens, while it represents the Hashemites. The Kuwait Country Flag design is thought to have been based on an Arab flag used in 1916.