SOURCE: Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd.

December 15, 2008 14:07 ET

Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (the Company) - (NYSE: NAT) Consolidation in the Suezmax Sector

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - NAT today announced that it is pleased to see that consolidation is taking place in the suezmax tanker sector as Frontline will enter the Gemini Pool, a suezmax tanker pool serving customers around the globe.

Commented Herbjorn Hansson, Chairman and CEO of Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd:

We have for several years had a positive cooperative chartering arrangement with Frontline. We expect this to continue within the new framework for the six NAT suezmax vessels which currently are in the Frontline cooperation mentioned above. NAT will thereby indirectly take part in this consolidation to achieve synergies.

The positive cooperative chartering arrangement that NAT has for five of its suezmax vessels with Stena Bulk of Sweden is expected to continue as in the past.

The twelfth NAT suezmax vessel is on long term charter to Middle East interests. Additionally, NAT has agreed to purchase two suezmax newbuildings which are expected to enter the NAT fleet by the end of 2009 and by the end of April 2010.


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Contacts: Scandic American Shipping Ltd Manager for: Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited P.O Box 56, 3201 Sandefjord, Norway Tel: + 47 33 42 73 00 E-mail: nat@scandicamerican.com

Rolf Amundsen, Investor Relations Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited Tel: +1 800 601 9079 or + 47 908 26 906

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

Turid M. Sørensen, CFO Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited Tel: + 47 33 42 73 00 or + 47 905 72 927

Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited Tel: +1 866 805 9504 or + 47 901 46 291


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