Frontline Ltd. (the “Company” or “Frontline”) (NYSE: FRO, OSE: FRO) is pleased to announce the acquisition of two double hull VLCC tankers; Callisto Glory and Andromeda Glory from an unrelated 3rd party. The two 321,300 dwt vessels are built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. in South Korea in 2009 and are of high specification. The vessels are expected to be delivered in the period May to June 2010.
The acquisition will contribute to further consolidation of the VLCC market and confirms Frontline’s position as the world’s largest independent operator and owner of double hull VLCC tonnage.
Frontline’s commitment to acquire the two double hull VLCC tankers confirms the Board’s firm belief in the future prospects in the tanker market.
April 19, 2010
The Board of Directors
Questions should be directed to:
Jens Martin Jensen: Chief Executive Officer, Frontline Management AS
+47 23 11 40 99
Inger M. Klemp: Chief Financial Officer, Frontline Management AS
+47 23 11 40 76
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including Frontline management’s examination of historical operating trends. Although Frontline believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, Frontline cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.
Important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in this press release include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions including fluctuations in charter hire 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 the Company’s operating expenses including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, 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, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.