Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (NYSE: NAT) Announces Pricing of Follow-on Offering

Hamilton, Bermuda, March 9, 2006
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (the “Company”) today announced that its follow-on offering of 3,750,000 common shares has been priced at $28.50 per share.  The common shares are being offered pursuant to the Company’s effective shelf registration statement. Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and UBS Investment Bank are acting as joint bookrunning managers and DnB NOR Markets, Inc. is acting as a co-manager.  The Company has also granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 562,500 common shares to cover any over-allotments, exercisable within 30 days.  The Company expects to close the sale of the common shares on March 14, 2006, subject to customary closing conditions.
The net proceeds of this offering are expected to be used to finance the acquisition of the Company’s ninth Suezmax tanker which is expected to be delivered in early April and an additional tanker that the Company is presently planning to acquire later this year, in line with the Company’s policy of maintaining indebtedness in the region of $15 million per vessel in current market conditions.  Any remaining balance may be used for general corporate purposes, including repaying future indebtedness and any future vessel acquisitions.
The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement. A prospectus and the related prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from the offices of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. at 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179, Attention:  Prospectus Department and UBS Investment Bank at 299 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10171, Attention: Syndicate Desk.
About the Company
The Company is an international tanker company that owns eight modern double-hull Suezmax tankers of which seven are on spot charters or spot market related charters. The Company expects to take delivery of the additional Suezmax tanker that it has agreed to purchase in early April 2006.
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-hire, failure on the part of a seller to complete a sale to us 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 
Manager for:
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd.
P.O Box 56, 3201 Sandefjord, Norway
Tel: + 47 33 42 73 00 E-mail:
Rolf Amundsen, Investor Relations
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd.
Tel: +1 800 601 9079 or + 47 908 26 906
Gary Wolfe
Seward & Kissel LLP, New York, USA
Tel: +1 212  574 1223
Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman & CEO
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd.
Tel:  +1 866 805 9504 or + 47 901 46 291

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