Vessels sailing under the Suriname 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 Suriname Country Flag is represented by five horizontal stripes. It is designated to hold a proportional ratio of 2:3, height to length, respectively. The Flag was adopted in 1975, celebrating newly achieved independence for the country from the Netherlands. Suriname was formerly known as Dutch Guiana. A green stripe bordering the top, and one bordering the bottom sandwich two thinner white stripes and a large red stripe in the center. A yellow, five pointed star graces the center of the flag, planted squarely in the red band. The star is said to represent the hope for unity between ethnically diverse peoples who coexist under the Republic. The five points reflect the five prominent ethnic groups represented within the nation. These include Creoles, Asian Indians, Europeans, Chinese and Native Americans. Red symbolizes love between these people and the progress they can make together. The green stripes denote continuing fertility and growth of the lands under the Suriname Flag, while the white stripes are meant to be symbolic of peace and justice. These colors reflect the Suriname primary political parties.