Vessels sailing under the Poland 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 Poland Country Flag is represented by a plain, bicolor background consisting of a white top half and a red lower half. The Flag is designated to hold a proportional ratio of 5:8, height to length, respectively. It was officially adopted in 1990. The color scheme is associated with with the Poland National Coat Of arms which incorporates a white eagle over a red shield. This design dates back to the 13th Century. The Poland Country Flag incorporates a color scheme that has officially held the title of National Colors since 1831. The Flag was originally incorporated in it's current form in 1919, but a series of political changes forced the Polish government to abandon it for a short period of time during the 20th Century. By 1947 the Flag had been restored as the national symbol. The red color is meant to represent the bloodshed and sacrifice endured by citizens of the country in the lengthy fight for independence. The white color is intended to celebrate the national ideal for peace. May 2nd is Poland's unofficial Flag Day.
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