Hamilton, Bermuda, January 16, 2018
In the autumn of 2017, we advised you of our time charter activities with oil companies such as Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and other major oil companies in the West and in the Far East. The ExxonMobil time charter for a suezmax recently expired. However, we have an important contract with them involving lube oil for our suezmax fleet. From time to time we also have shorter contracts (typically up to 60 days) for ships serving as storage space for major companies.
Expanding our time charter portfolio, we would like to inform you that we have entered into a one-year term charter with the major Spanish oil company Cepsa. The ship in question is the 2004 built Nordic Castor. She is expected to be delivered on the time charter late February, subject to a satisfactory inspection in next discharge port. The fact that NAT has only one million barrel suezmax ships allows us to achieve economies of scale. The agreed rate secures a good cash flow. The contract may last for 15 months.
With the conclusion of this deal, we will have 5 our 33 ships (of which three new builds for delivery in 2018), employed on time charters with major oil companies.
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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 worldwide 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.
| Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman & CEO
Nordic American Tankers Limited
Tel: +1 866 805 9504 or +47 90 14 62 91
| Bjørn Giæver, CFO
Nordic American Tankers Limited
Tel: +1 888 755 8391 or +47 91 35 00 91
| Gary J. Wolfe
Seward & Kissel LLP, New York, USA
Tel: +1 212 574 1223