Vessels sailing under the Singapore 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 Singapore Country Flag is represented by a bicolor background. The top half is red and the bottom is white. A white crescent moon adorns the upper hoist side, or left side of the flag. It opens to the fly, or right side of the flag. Five white five pointed stars are cradled to the right of the crescent in a circular formation. The crescent moon and stars are set fully into the red stripe. The white is meant to represent purity and virtue, while the red symbolizes the equality and brotherhood of the people of Singapore. The stars represent the concepts of peace, justice, progress, democracy and equality, while the waxing moon is intended to symbolize a novice nation with unlimited potential. The Singapore Country Flag was formally adopted as the national flag in 1959, after 140 years of British rule and flying the Union Jack. The Flag was originally intended to be colored red but was altered to distinguish it from communism. It is designated to be proportioned at a ratio of 2:3, height to length, respectively.
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