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Frustration Continues As Suez Canal Ship Blocks Huge Sex Toy Shipment

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Frustration Continues As Suez Canal Ship Blocks Huge Sex Toy Shipment

The ship currently blocking traffic in the Suez Canal has caused further frustration after stopping a shipment of sex toys from getting to their intendent recipients.

Made up of 20 containers packed with 'dildos, vibrators and male masturbators', the shipment is on board one of many vessels stuck behind the gigantic boat in the Suez Canal, as efforts continue to free up the popular trade passage.

Dutch company EDC Retail has said it's 'annoying' that its products are being blocked, predicting that it's currently losing millions by being unable to replenish stocks.

EDC Retail, which is behind the biggest online sex toy shops in the Netherlands and Belgium, said it desperately needs to restock after flogging 'a lot' of products over Christmas and Valentine's Day, but that this is 'not possible' thanks to the blockade.

Stock image. Credit: PA
Stock image. Credit: PA

CEO Evertine Magerman, told Dutch news outlet RTV Noord: "There are more than 20 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."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The canal, which is 120 miles long, is one of the world's most important shipping lanes, but it has been gridlocked since a 200,000-tonne ship got stuck earlier this week.


Ever Given, which is owned by a Taiwanese company but registered in Panama, drifted across the entire width of the canal while heading north.

According to reports, it's believed a gust of wind caused the ship to suddenly turn sideways almost four miles north of the southern mouth of the canal.

The ship was heading to the Netherlands, with an ETA of 31 March.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Sal Mercogliano, a maritime historian based in the US state of North Carolina, said the incident could have 'huge ramifications for global trade'.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He said the ship got lodged in the embankment and would have lost the power to steer, explaining: "This is the largest vessel ever to go aground in the Suez Canal.

"If they are unable to pull her free... in a high tide, they are going to have to start removing cargo."

Mercogliano added: "Every day, 50 vessels on average go through that canal, so the closing of the canal means no vessels are transiting north and south.


"Every day the canal is closed... container ships and tankers are not delivering food, fuel and manufactured goods to Europe and goods are not being exported from Europe to the Far East."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News, News

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