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All hands on deck: Tailwind Shipping Lines opens new head office in Hamburg

Hamburg, 6 April 2023

Less than a year after its founding, Tailwind Shipping Lines is moving into its new headquarters in Hamburg. The team, which has grown to almost 30 employees, will now be working on the eighth floor of a modernised traditional Kontorhaus office building in Hamburg. The office is located right near the Church of St. Nicholas, one of Hamburg’s iconic landmarks, and looks out over the Port of Hamburg. On around 390 square metres, the team is ensuring that the goods of the company’s customers reach their destinations on time. Several guests joined the young shipping company in celebrating the opening of its modern workspace.

“This office is a good fit for Tailwind, as it offers us a space conducive to communication and a lot of room for creative teamwork. These are the right conditions for continuing to come up with modern, reliable and uncomplicated cargo solutions for our customers going forward,” said Christian Stangl, a member of the shipping company’s Executive Board, at the opening celebration.

Tailwind plans to expand its portfolio of offerings with additional activities before the end of the year. In summer, the team will also expand onto the seventh floor of the building, which is still under renovation at this time.

From now on, you will be able to reach the shipping company at:

Tailwind Shipping Lines GmbH & Co. KG
Neue Burg 2
20457 Hamburg
Telephone: + 49 40 235 149 150

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Panda Service Expands to Qingdao and Sails Fortnightly

Hamburg, 1 March 2023

Based on our core principles of reliability, plannability, and punctuality, we are happy to announce that we are expanding our Panda Service (PAX) offering to include Qingdao effective March 23rd, 2023. Proudly, our first call will be with our owned vessel Panda 001 (ex Talassa) fresh from dry-dock.

With the addition of Qingdao, the PAX service will now turn in 70 days with 5 ships providing fixed day fortnightly service to all ports we are serving, easing our customers’ supply chain planning. We are maintaining our best-in-class transit-time from South China to our European gateway of Koper with 19 days transit-time to rival rail alternatives.

Qingdao is a strong and important port/geographic area that when brought into the Panda service will provide our customers a hub-port for North China to bundle cargo from other North China areas and where we can serve inland locations (Shandong, Hebei, Henan, Shanxi, Liaoning etc. provinces) by barge, rail or truck. Pairing this with our tremendous speed to Europe delivers unparalleled logistics service.

Our Panda sailing frequency is effective immediately fortnightly. We have chartered the Tabea, who will join the service on April 20th, to complement our existing fleet providing this better sailing frequency. The PAX service rotation is Qingdao, Ningbo (incl. Taicang volumes), Da Chan Bay before proceeding to Koper, and thereafter Barcelona and Rotterdam prior returning to China.

For further service details, please reach out to or to your commercial contact.

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The latest fashion via ocean freight

Tailwind Shipping Lines launches TEX service

Hamburg, 16 February 2023. Less than a year after its founding, Tailwind Shipping Lines is launching a new liner service that will particularly focus on transporting textile goods from Bangladesh to Europe. It will be called the Tiger Express service (or “TEX service”, for short) after the Bengal tiger, the national animal of Bangladesh. The service will offer a high degree of reliability as well as a fast transit time of fewer than 20 days between Chittagong and Barcelona. For European retailers, this means that goods will arrive on their store shelves on time even in periods of often overburdened supply chains.

As a subsidiary of Lidl International, Tailwind Shipping Lines offers a cost-effective alternative to air freight for Lidl goods as well as for customers from the fashion and textile sectors. The new, attractive offer is thus also aimed at third-party customers. “Owing to the ships we deploy, we can reach the region without any intermediate stops or transshipment,” says Wolf Tiedemann, the board member of Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG responsible for logistics as well as the Managing Director of Tailwind Shipping Lines GmbH & Co. KG. “Especially thanks to the direct connection between Bangladesh and Europe, this will represent a huge increase in efficiency, which we will also use to boost the reliability of the supply chains for our customers.” This kind of smaller service also fosters greater proximity to customers and the ability to quickly meet their requirements.

Another big advantage will be the smaller ports that Tailwind’s Tiger Express service will call at. In both Barcelona and the Dutch port town of Moerdijk, it will be possible to load the goods onto trucks in a comparatively short time and transport them directly to their specific destinations.

Already last year, the Tailwind team successfully launched the Panda Express service, which operates between China and Europe. It sails on a route from Taicang via Ningbo and Shenzhen to Koper, Barcelona and Rotterdam. For questions or more information, please contact our sea freight experts by writing to

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