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

Hamilton, Bermuda, March 3, 2005 —
Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (the “Company”) today announced that its follow-on offering of 3,500,000 common shares was priced at $49.50 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 525,000 common shares to cover any over-allotments, exercisable within 30 days.  The Company expects to close the sale of the common shares on March 8, 2005, subject to customary closing conditions.
The net proceeds of this offering will be used to repay any amounts borrowed under the Company’s senior secured credit facility to finance the acquisition of two additional Suezmax tankers that the Company has agreed to purchase, to pay the remaining balance of the aggregate purchase price of the two additional Suezmax tankers and for general corporate purposes, including repaying future indebtedness and any future vessel acquisitions.
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 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.
The Company is an international tanker company that owns four modern double-hull Suezmax tankers. The Company expects to take delivery of the two additional Suezmax tankers it has agreed to purchase in late March 2005.
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 and 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
Chief Financial Officer
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