Nordic American Tankers Ltd. to Acquire the Remaining Interest in Orion Tanker Pool Ltd.

Hamilton, Bermuda, September 18, 2012. 

Nordic American Tankers Ltd (NYSE: NAT) (the “Company” or “NAT”) today announced that it will be acquiring the remaining interest in Orion Tanker Pool (“Orion”).

NAT and Frontline Ltd. established Orion in the autumn of 2011. Since then, Orion has managed the chartering operations of the 20 NAT vessels and the nine Frontline suezmax vessels. Orion has arranged charters to high quality end users, such as oil majors and major trading houses. Recently, Orion has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of ExxonMobil that has served as a milestone in this respect-an agreement that NAT expects to remain in place following NAT’s acquisition of 100 percent of Orion. 

Frontline has advised NAT that it wishes to be more flexible in the operation of its vessels. Therefore, it has been agreed that Frontline’s nine suezmax vessels will leave Orion later this year. Effective January 1, 2013, NAT will acquire Frontline’s 50 percent shareholding in Orion at its nominal book value, and Orion will become a 100 percent subsidiary of NAT.  Orion will continue to arrange charters of NAT’s fleet as in the past, enabling NAT to focus on even deeper market penetration. 

NAT Chairman & CEO, Herbjorn Hansson, commented: “I met John Fredriksen (the principal shareholder of Frontline) more than 30 years ago and count him as a personal friend. We have a wonderful relationship and expect to do business with companies in the Fredriksen Group in the future – as we have done in the past. We will acquire Frontline’s 50 percent interest in Orion as mutually respected partners.”    


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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  
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Nordic American Tankers Limited
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Rolf Amundsen, Head of Investor Relations, Norway
Nordic American Tankers Limited
Tel: +1 800 601 9079 or + 47 908 26 906

Jacob Ellefsen, Head of Research, Monaco
Nordic American Tankers Limited
Tel: + 44 20 31 78 58 20 or + 44 78 27 92 94 11

Turid M. Sørensen, EVP & CFO, Norway
Nordic American Tankers Limited
Tel: +47 33 42 73 00 or +47 90 57 29 27

Gary J. Wolfe
Seward & Kissel LLP, New York, USA
Tel: +1 212 574 1223

Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman and CEO
Nordic American Tankers Limited
Tel:  +1 866 805 9504 or + 47 901 46 291

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