Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (NAT) – (NYSE: NAT) Enters into a New USD 300 million Credit Facility

Hamilton, Bermuda, September 15, 2005
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (the “Company”) (NYSE:NAT) today announced that the Company has entered into a new $300 million Revolving Credit Facility with a five year term, replacing the previous Credit Facility entered into in October 2004 which had a one-year term. The new facility will provide funding for acquisitions of vessels and for general corporate purposes.  There is no reduction of the facility or repayment of principal due during the five year period. 
Herbjørn Hansson, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented:  “The new credit facility gives us flexibility and is an effective tool for the Company’s further expansion, facilitating long-term planning. The credit facility has been provided by four international shipping banks and is a sign of the trust that these first class banks place in our Company”.
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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 and our Annual Report on Form 20-F.