National representatives from 32 countries and numerous organisations met in Bahrain on Jan. 11 to discuss counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin under the rotational chairmanship of the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR).

The 18th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction Event (SHADE) included representatives of international law enforcement bodies, the shipping industry, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), EUNAVFOR, Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSC HOA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and international naval forces.

The SHADE meeting was established to provide a forum in which the various military elements engaged in counter-piracy operations in the region can discuss their successes and challenges, share best practice and co-ordinate forthcoming activities.

One of the significant topics discussed was the doctrine of ‘Best Management Practice’ which provides advice and guidance on countering piracy to merchant and private shipping in the region.

SHADE also enables representatives of the shipping industry to raise concerns on behalf of merchant traffic passing through the Gulf of Aden, the Somali Basin and the Indian Ocean.