Posted by: Jerry Garrett | May 23, 2017

Driving My Mercedes To Italy – Day 11 Panama!

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The Duesseldorf Express arrived at the Panama Canal early May 23.


The Duesseldorf Express cargo ship, with my 1973 Mercedes 450 SL loaded on it bound for Italy, finally showed back up on tracking screens early this morning, in the queue to pass through the Panama Canal.

The ship really hadn’t been seen on tracking screens for nearly nine days! That’s when it passed out of range, a couple hundred miles south of Ensenada, Mexico. It had one stop en route, in Manzanillo, Mexico, where it reportedly arrived behind schedule for whatever reason, and left the next day even farther behind schedule. But those were just log entries, and not tracking data.

The Duesseldorf Express was due in Panama today, however, so it appears any lost time on the 1,400 nautical mile leg from Manzanillo has been more than made up. It was scheduled to dock at Manzanillo terminal here (confusing both ports have the same name!) at 18:00 UTC today, presumably to fuel up before entering the canal zone. It is scheduled to go out again tomorrow at 05:00 UTC (that would actually be before midnight today, Panama time) toward Cartagena, Colombia, its next stop.

The Duesseldorf Express is still on pace to arrive as promised in Genoa, Italy, by June 14. That’s where I plan to pick it up, and begin enjoying driving it.

During its brief stay in Panama, however, I hope to catch a glimpse of it on one of the many webcams that monitor canal activity.

Jerry Garrett

May 23, 2017


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