Captain Michael McCarthy is the current Chairman of Cruise Europe, former Commercial Manager of the Port of Cork Company Ireland, and Past President of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners. He is a Class 1 Master Mariner and a University College Cork postgraduate in Management and Marketing. Michael has set up a private consultancy company , MMCC Port Marine Ltd, having built up an extensive knowledge of the port and shipping sector over the last 50 years including Port Operations, Terminal Management, International Port Safety and Environmental Management, EU Cruise Initiatives and in the private sector as a former Director/ P&I Marine Surveyor with Sea Service, Marine Cargo Insurance Surveyors and DGSA (Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor).