Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited (NYSE:NAT) – Final Agreement Signed with Samsung Heavy Industries for the Building of Two New Suezmax Tankers.

Hamilton, Bermuda, April 30th, 2010


Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited (the “Company”) announced April 12, 2010 that preliminary contracts had been entered into with Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”), for the construction of two suezmax tankers to be delivered in the 2nd half of 2011.  The final documents were signed yesterday and the contracts are firm.


We expect to have two newbuildings delivered to us later this year and together with the two Samsung newbuildings in 2011, our fleet is expected to be minimum 20 suezmax vessels.


These two newbuildings in 2010 and the two in 2011 will be financed by resources of the Company. There are no plans for a follow-on equity offering in connection with these four newbuildings.


These transactions are in line with the Company’s growth strategy with focus on dividend and earning capacity. Having one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry, the Company is committed to continuing its full dividend policy and transparent operating model. 





Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements.  The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business.  Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.


The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “pending” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.


The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties.  Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.  We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker market, as a result of changes in OPEC’s petroleum production levels and world wide oil consumption and storage, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the prospectus and related prospectus supplement, our Annual Report on Form 20-F, and our reports on Form 6-K.



Scandic American Shipping Ltd 

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Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited

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Rolf Amundsen, Investor Relations
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited
Tel: +1 800 601 9079 or + 47 908 26 906


Gary J. Wolfe

Seward & Kissel LLP, New York, USA

Tel: +1 212 574 1223


Turid M. Sørensen, CFO

Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited

Tel:  + 47 33 42 73 00 or + 47 905 72 927


Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited

Tel:  +1 866 805 9504 or + 47 901 46 291