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SFL - Acquisition of two 114,000 dwt product tankers in combination with long term charters

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) ("Ship Finance" or the "Company"), today announced that the Company has agreed to build two 114,000 dwt LR2 oil product carriers at a shipyard in Korea. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2017 and will thereafter commence long term time-charters to a US based investment-grade energy company.

The charter period will be minimum seven years with options to extend the charter period by up to two years, and the aggregate annual EBITDA contribution from the vessels is estimated to approximately $11 million on average during the firm period of the charter.

Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, said in a comment: "We are very pleased to further expand our presence in the tanker market with long term time-charters to one of the leading oil majors. The transaction demonstrates our standing in the market as a high quality provider of transportation services for our customers, and we continue building our fleet and charter backlog with accretive acquisitions."

The Board of Directors

Ship Finance International Limited

Hamilton, Bermuda

About Ship Finance

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) has an unprecedented track record in the maritime industry, being consistently profitable and paying dividends every quarter since 2004. The Company's fleet of more than 70 vessels is split between tankers, bulkers, container vessels and offshore assets, and Ship Finance's long term distribution capacity is supported by a portfolio of long term charters and significant growth in the asset base over time.

More information can be found on the Company's website: www.shipfinance.bm

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including Ship Finance management's examination of historical operating trends. Although Ship Finance 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, Ship Finance 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 presentation 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 worldwide 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.

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CONTACT: Investor and Analyst Contact:
         Harald Gurvin, Chief Financial Officer: +47 23114009
         Andre Reppen, Senior Vice President: +47 23114055

         Media Contact:
         Ole B. Hjertaker, Chief Executive Officer: +47 23114011

Source: GlobeNewswire (December 18, 2015 - 8:56 AM EST)

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