Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (NAT) – (NYSE: NAT) Announces Establishment of Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan

Hamilton, Bermuda, October 18, 2005
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (the “Company”) today announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission has declared effective the Company’s registration statement for a Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan.  Under the Plan, existing shareholders will be able to purchase additional shares by reinvesting all or a portion of the dividends that they receive from the Company.  The minimum investment for existing shareholders will be $50.  In addition, new investors will be able to join the Plan by making an initial investment of at least $250.  Mellon Bank N.A. will act as Plan Administrator.
The Company is an international tanker company that owns seven modern double-hull Suezmax tankers. The Company expects to take delivery in November 2005 of an additional Suezmax tanker that it has agreed to purchase.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state.
The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus.  When available, copies of the prospectus relating to the Plan may be obtained from Mellon Bank N.A., Newport Office Center VII, 480 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ  07310, and from the Company.
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.