More than 40 people are protesting Volkswagen deliveries to the UK and have attempted to immobilise cars being delivered on a ship from Germany
Jimi Beckwith
21 September 2017

Environmental campaigners from Greenpeace have boarded a cargo ship bringing Volkswagen cars to the UK in an attempt to disrupt their delivery.

The ship Elbe Highway, arriving from Germany carrying numerous Volkswagens, was boarded by protestors attempting to gain access to the cars aboard and remove their keys, the BBC has reported.

The aim of the protesters was to force Volkswagen to return the cars to Germany, although the ship is now heading from Sheerness to Margate. 

Police are attempting to dispel the situation, which first came to their attention just before 9 o'clock this morning. Volkswagen has issued the following statement: “We are aware of a protest this morning at the Sheerness port in Kent. The ship contains a variety of Volkswagen Group vehicles, including petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid models. The diesel vehicles, which are the subject of the protest, meet strict Euro 6 emissions standards.”

Greenpeace said: "Campaigners have hung a 50mbanner on the ship's unloading ramp showing the face of a two-year-old girl covered by an air pollution mask. Sephie, who has respiratory problems, represents all children affected by air pollution. Pennant banners emblazoned with Sephie’s portrait have also been hoisted on gantries surrounding the vast car park."

"The ship has turned around and is heading in the direction of Margate. We are in negotiation with the ship company about sending the ship and its cargo back to Germany. Forty activists have placed labels on the engines of thousands of diesel cars. They have now left the site voluntarily but two activists remain up one of the lighting gantries and are holding the keys that match those cars. They will stay there until the ship has returned."

One of the protesters said: “The Government says we need to wait another 23 years for dirty diesels to be banned. We can’t wait that long. So we’re stepping in and seizing all of VW's diesel cars to stop them harming people’s health and the environment. We’re not leaving until VW takes its toxic cars back to Germany. As Europe’s largest car maker, VW needs to wake up, smell the emissions and go fully electric.”

Since the Dieselgate scandal broke, Volkswagen has committed itself to an electric future, investing £7.5 billion into developing more than 30 battery-powered models by 2025.

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21 September 2017

nothing wrong with new diesels especially euro 6  withlower co2, petrol used in high compression engines is repted to give off more pollution,do not even talk about pollution on battery production cobalt and lithium.

21 September 2017

 . . that Greenpeace have ever attempted.  

I must ensure I buy my next car from VW Audi.

21 September 2017
The ship their being carried on probably chucks out more crap whilst it's delivering the cars than all the cars on it will put out in all their time on the roads. Typical example of what publicity seeking morons Green Peace have become.

21 September 2017

If you wish to protest, do it in a peaceful and legal way. This seems very much like piracy to me. Diesel may be an issue, but banning it overnight is not realistic and nor is forcing everyone into electric cars when the infrastructure and technology is not ready. Plus how is all our electricity generated at the moment?

22 September 2017

Electric cars are not grren unless the electricity is produced cleanly from Hydro Electric power or ,dare I say it, Nuclear power.We are still a long way, as Will86 says, from getting to that point.I would also only agree to being forced to buy an electric car if all buses and goods vehicles are electric first!  Are we also going to ban all aircraft which burn what is essentially a diesel fuel? I don't think so.

 

Madmac

22 September 2017
oh you missed out wind. And examples like Norway that generate over 100% of their power needs using green methods.
Also missed out how much electricity is needed to get diesel to the pump, the big oil rigs, transport the oil, refine (big use of electricity here), transport it again to the pump.
Aircraft, lets stick with cars first.
Either way most people buy electric cars because they want to save money and have a quite car, just ask the people who own one.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

22 September 2017

I'm gonna put an "I LOVE GREENPEACE" sticker on my 9 tonne BMW X7....!

22 September 2017

where does this lovely electric coe from.....coal fired powerplants?

22 September 2017
Oh dear someone needs to do some research. Coal is so 1800's

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

22 September 2017

Good on Greenpeace but only for halting halt overpriced, unreliable cars from a cheating car company entering the UK. There are so many other more reliable and much cars to choose from. 

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