Posted by: Jerry Garrett | May 22, 2017

Driving My Mercedes To Italy – Day 10


No word yet as to the actual whereabouts of the Duesseldorf Express container ship, which is headed toward the Panama Canal, with my 1973 Mercedes 450 SL aboard.

The ship is coming from Manzanillo, Mexico, to Manzanillo, Panama, which is more than a bit confusing. The ship loaded my Mercedes at the port in Los Angeles back on May 13; it should arrive in Genoa, Italy on or about June 13. That’s where I hope to take delivery.

The Manzanillo-Manzanillo route is a fairly lonely one, it seems. Keeping track of a cargo ship along that route is very difficult. Officially, the Duesseldorf Express hasn’t been pinging radars since May 14, a hundred miles south of Ensenada, Baja California.

The ship is scheduled in Panama’s Manzanillo tomorrow at 18:00 UTC ( says 23:00 at Puerto Colon).

I estimate it is somewhere off the coast of Nicaragua tonight as I write this. Hopefully, there will be solid information tomorrow. Because, as Scarlett O’Hara once said, “Tomorrow is another day.”

Whatever that means.

Jerry Garrett

May 22, 2017



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