Marine Safety Unit Duluth Change of Command

DULUTH, Minn. (D9 Public Affairs) –   Cmdr. Michael Lebsack will relieve Cmdr. Gary Croot as Commanding Officer Marine Safety Unit Duluth at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center Thursday, June 26. Captain Mark Huebschman, Commanding Officer of Sector Sault St. Marie, Mich. will preside over the ceremony.

During the ceremony Commander Croot will be recognized for his superior leadership and service while serving as Marine Safety Unit Duluth’s Commanding Officer from June 2005 to June 2008. Highlights during Commander Croot’s tour included:

* Championed dramatic improvements to the Port’s Area Maritime Security Committee process and built strong partnerships critical to the success of many highly visible joint exercises.
* Directed a comprehensive in-depth investigation aboard the S/S KAYE E. BARKER ultimately leading to dramatic fleet-wide improvements of propulsion boiler safety.
* Aligned scientific authorities and natural resource trustees to assist in the development of ballast water treatment regulations; mitigating future environmental damage to the Great Lakes’ ecosystem.
* Oversaw 646 domestic and foreign vessel inspections, 238 waterside facility inspections, 86 marine casualty investigations, and 72 pollution responses.
*  Implemented the Transportation Worker Identification Credential enforcement requirements for the western Lake Superior area.

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