Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (NAT) – (NYSE: NAT) Expands the Fleet to Six Vessels

Hamilton, Bermuda, February 1, 2005
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (the “Company”) today announced that the Company has agreed to acquire a double hull suezmax vessel presently under construction in Daewoo shipyard in Korea. The newbuilding is expected to be delivered from the yard at the end of March this year, after which it is expected that the vessel will be employed in the spot market.
The Company completed the transformation from a financial lease company into an operating company in mid October 2004. Since then, the fleet of the Company has doubled – from three to six ships – including the acquisition of this newbuilding.
Original vessels since the formation of the Company:
Nordic Hunter (1997 – 151,458) – spot related contract
Nordic Hawk  (1997 – 151,458) – spot related contract
Gulf Scandic  (1997 – 151,458) – long term contract
Ships acquired after the Company became an operating company in October 2004:
Wilma Yangtze             (1997 – 149,591) – spot employment as from February 2005.
                                    Acquired in November 2004
Acquisition                   (1998 – 153.181) – expected spot employment as from end March 2005.
                                    Acquisition announced January 21, 2005            
Newbuilding                  (2005 – 159,500) – expected spot employment as from end March 2005.
                                    Acquisition announced today
It is important to note that the addition of the top modern newbuilding to the existing fleet will reduce the average age of the fleet of the Company to 5.7 years – among the youngest in the tanker industry. The price of the vessel is USD 81 mill. At this time the Company has an undrawn credit facility of USD 300 mill.
Mr Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman of the Company, noted that this addition to the fleet represents an important step in the further development of the Company. He commented that this transaction is in line with the Company’s growth strategy of accretive acquisitions to bolster dividend and earnings per share.
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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.