Built by the Hugo Peters shipyard at Wewelsfleth in Germany, DEFENDER was completed in 1979 as CHRISTA SCHUTT, the first of a long series of low air draft coasters to come from the yard. In 1982 she was renamed SEA ELBE for a time charter to Sea Containers. She was renamed MARNE twelve years later, then FALKO in 1995, DREDGER in 2001 and finally DEFENDER in 2004. Owned until recently by Erwin Strahlmann, she has a deadweight of 2,248 tonnes and an overall length of 82.34 metres. She is now operated by a Norwegian company.