I experienced this same issue when exporting files that were created in ShipConstructor 2008. A work around I've found is to explode the blocks, or referenced files, I tend to remove all the lines and polylines as well, although this might not be necessary. Good luck.
I have been searching for a solution.... and i found a workaround.
If i create a section-line next to the model and set it up so it goes trough the entire model (so it actually does not create a section) and set the section-line to 'live section', i can export the model to a 3D-dwf and open it in DesignReview without problem's