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Climate activists blockade cruise ship in German port

Activists try to prevent Holland America's cruise liner MS Zuiderdam from entering the port of Kiel, Germany. Source: EPA

Police called in special forces to deal with climate protesters in Germany at the port of Kiel after about 50 people blocked the vessel.

Climate activists using small boats and climbing equipment blockaded a cruise ship for six hours in a German harbour to protest against its carbon emissions, police said on Monday.

About 50 protesters with banners reading "Cruises kill climate" on Sunday delayed the departure of the Zuiderdam, operated by Holland America Line, from the North Sea port of Kiel.

Police detain activists who try to prevent Holland America's cruise liner MS Zuiderdam from entering the port of Kiel, Germany.
Police detain activists who try to prevent Holland America's cruise liner MS Zuiderdam from entering the port of Kiel, Germany.
EPA

The ship finally left around 10pm for Copenhagen after police had temporarily detained 46 activists, several of whom had climbed onto the ship and onto a harbourside crane.

The activists were protesting against the "catastrophic local and global consequences of cruises" as well as what they claimed are the crew's poor working conditions.

The group, which calls itself "Smash Cruiseshit", said on Twitter that heavy fuel-powered "cruise ships contribute to the heating of the planet" and generate soot particles that settle on Arctic ice.

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