Ship carrying sex toys is among those caught in Suez Canal


Ship carrying 20 containers filled with sex toys that had been caught in Suez Canal traffic jam will now be able to complete its delivery as crisis reaches its climax

  • Ship filled with sex toys is among the 400 boats waiting to pass Suez Canal 
  • EDC Retail predicted they were losing millions in revenue due to the hold-up
  • The canal has been blocked by a giant container ship for almost a week 
  • It was re-floated earlier today, meaning passage will be able to reopen

A ship carrying 20 containers filled with sex toys will now be able to complete its delivery after becoming stuck in the traffic jam in the Suez Canal. 

The vessel carrying ‘dildos, vibrators and male masturbators’ is one of more thanan estimated 400 ships waiting to pass through the canal.   

A giant container ship had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week but was re-floated earlier on Monday, meaning that the canal will be able to reopen for shipping traffic in both ways from this evening. 

A ship carrying 20 containers filled with sex toys will now be able to complete its delivery after becoming stuck in the traffic jam in the Suez Canal. The Panama-flagged Ever Given cargo ship is pictured above

A ship carrying 20 containers filled with sex toys will now be able to complete its delivery after becoming stuck in the traffic jam in the Suez Canal. The Panama-flagged Ever Given cargo ship is pictured above 

The vessel carrying 'dildos, vibrators and male masturbators' is one of more thanan estimated 400 ships waiting to pass through the canal (Stock image)

The vessel carrying ‘dildos, vibrators and male masturbators’ is one of more thanan estimated 400 ships waiting to pass through the canal (Stock image) 

Speaking to Dutch news outlet RTV Noord, CEO of the company EDC Retail Evertine Magerman said:  ‘There are more than twenty containers full of well-running items, such as vibrators, dildos and male masturbators.

‘A lot of these products were sold for Christmas and Valentine’s Day, for example. 

‘There is now an extra lot on the way to restore stocks. But that is not possible now. 

‘It is annoying that such a hitch will continue for a long time before the rhythm in the transport chain is restored.’  

EDC Retail predicted they were losing millions in revenue due to the hold-up, and had even been considering rerouting via Africa, adding an extra five to seven days to the journey.

‘That also means higher costs, not to mention the extra risks. It’s winter in South Africa and the ocean can be rough there. And then you also have the chance of piracy. But that decision is not ours, it is up to the shipping company,’ Magerman said.  

The Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' container ship, a 400-metre- (1,300-foot-)long and 59-metre wide vessel, lodged sideways impeding traffic across Egypt's Suez Canal waterway

The Panama-flagged MV ‘Ever Given’ container ship, a 400-metre- (1,300-foot-)long and 59-metre wide vessel, lodged sideways impeding traffic across Egypt’s Suez Canal waterway

Egypt’s Suez Canal will reopen for shipping traffic in both directions on Monday evening after a giant container ship which had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated, with more than 400 ships waiting to pass through. 

The Suez Canal Authority’s chairman Osama Rabie said Monday that the channel was navigable after the 430-yard long vessel Ever Given was freed undamaged earlier today.

‘The ship came out intact and it has no problems. We’ve just searched the bottom and soil of the Suez Canal and thankfully it is sound and has no issues, and ships will pass through it today,’ he told Nile TV. 

The authority informed shipping agencies that convoys of ships will resume running both ways through the canal from 7pm (5pm GMT), two agents told Reuters.

Egypt's Suez Canal will reopen for shipping traffic in both directions on Monday evening after a giant container ship which had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated, with more than 400 ships waiting to pass through

Egypt’s Suez Canal will reopen for shipping traffic in both directions on Monday evening after a giant container ship which had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated, with more than 400 ships waiting to pass through

The Ever Given had become jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds early last Tuesday, halting traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia. 

At least 400 vessels are waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, Nile TV reported.

The authority said earlier it would be able to accelerate convoys through the canal once the Ever Given was freed. ‘We will not waste one second,’ Rabie told Egyptian state TV.

He said it could take up to three days to clear the backlog, and a canal source said more than 100 ships would be able to enter the channel daily. Shipping group Maersk said the knock-on disruptions to global shipping could take weeks or months to unravel. 

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