Dockwise Ltd
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July 13, 2012 10:35 ET

Dockwise Ltd : Dockwise Asks Court for Immediate Suspension of Fairstar Management

BREDA, NORWAY--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2012) - Dockwise has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Dockwise White Marlin B.V., requested the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Appellate Court to schedule a date to hear a request for the immediate suspension of the management of Fairstar Heavy Transport N.V. ("Fairstar"), more in particular of the Chairmen of the Supervisory and Executive Boards. Dockwise will, in addition, request the immediate appointment of new Supervisory and Executive Board members. The Enterprise Chamber court hearing is now set at 26 July 2012. The Enterprise Chamber procedure is in addition to Dockwise's earlier request to the Rotterdam court for authorization to convene an Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders ("EGM") proposing the appointment of three supervisory board members at Fairstar in addition to the two current members. The Rotterdam court hearing is set at 20 July 2012.

In the current circumstances Dockwise has to initiate legal proceedings to protect the interests of the Fairstar - Dockwise combination and involved stakeholders.

Dockwise has, on various occasions, proposed to Fairstar to agree on finalization of the acquisition of Fairstar by Dockwise, more in particular on:

* the recommendation by Fairstar management for an offer on the remaining almost 5% of Fairstar shares not yet owned by Dockwise;
* information sharing on contracts, fleet completion and financing arrangements and other relevant matters;
* confirmation of Dockwise commitments to Fairstar stakeholders including job security for Fairstar employees and contract security for Fairstar clients;
* an exit arrangement for Fairstar management.

While Fairstar had, at some point in time, indicated it was willing to consider a recommendation, they were not willing to adequate provide information, dialogue was frustrated by Fairstar management and, proven by yesterday's press release from Fairstar announcing the intention of the management of Fairstar to pursue a bond issue, the Supervisory Board appears to have lost control of Fairstar management. Fairstar management seems to continue to act contrary to the interest of Fairstar, the Fairstar - Dockwise combination and its shareholders and stakeholders, certainly in the current situation whereby Dockwise holds over 95% of the shares and a combination of the companies is imminent. Fairstar management further taking steps to build the fifth vessel without any discussion and reassessment in the context of the combination of the two companies is unacceptable.

Fairstar made yesterday's announcement regarding the intended bond issue without the prior knowledge of its 95% shareholder Dockwise, while it had previously agreed not to issue bonds without the prior approval of Dockwise. In the meantime after yesterday's press release and response thereto by Dockwise, Fairstar indicated again that it will not issue the bonds without the approval by Dockwise.

It is unlikely that Dockwise will approve the bond issue. As indicated on many occasions the intended bond issue appears value destructive and not the right financing option for Fairstar. Other financing options also need to be taken into account from the perspective of the Fairstar- Dockwise combination including the previous offer by Dockwise to support and underwrite between USD 50-100 mln of new equity for Fairstar, which was not considered or discussed by the boards of Fairstar. In addition to the offers by Dockwise to support the financing of Fairstar through an equity issue or other ways, Dockwise remains willing to buy the Fairstar bonds from bondholders, including those that may exercise their put option.

About Dockwise Ltd./Dockwise Group

Dockwise Ltd., a Bermuda incorporated company, has a workforce of approximately 1,300 people both offshore and onshore. The company is the leading marine contractor providing total transport services to the offshore, onshore and yachting industries as well as installation services of extremely heavy offshore platforms. The Group is headquartered in Breda, the Netherlands. The Group's main commercial offices are located in the Netherlands, the United States and China with sales offices in Korea, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and Nigeria. The Dockwise Yacht Transport business unit is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale and has an office in Genoa, Italy. The Dockwise Shipping network is supported by a global network of agents.

To support all of its services to customers, the group has engineering centers in Houston, Breda, Rotterdam and Shanghai, manufactures specific motion reduction equipment such as LMU (Leg Mating Units) and DMU (Deck Mating Units) and owns a fleet of 23 (of which 2 under construction) purpose built, semi-submersible vessels.

Dockwise shares are listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under ticker DOCK-OS and on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam under ticker DOCKW-AE. Shares of Dockwise subsidiary Fairstar Heavy Transport N.V. are listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under ticker FAIR-OS

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

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Source: Dockwise Ltd via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1626705]

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