Date: 24 February 2012

GC Rieber Shipping prepared for investments

- 2011 was a year of good progress for GC Rieber Shipping, said CEO Irene W. Basili as the Company announced fourth quarter and full year financial figures today. - Operating revenue increased by NOK 65 million and operating profit before depreciation and capital gains by NOK 91 million. This reflects the fact that we have had a good year operationally. When we simultaneously have increased our order backlog of NOK 430 million and completed an extensive investment program, we can't be anything but pleased, she said and added: - Now we are prepared for new investments in a market that we view as more positive than for a long time.

Main figures for 2011:

*2010 includes capital gains of NOK 272 million

The last quarter of the year was also satisfying; operating revenue was up 78 per cent compared to the same quarter previous year, and EBITDA increased by 63 million.

GC Rieber Shipping's operating revenue in the fourth quarter was NOK 183.1 million compared with NOK 103.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating profit before depreciation (EBITDA) in the quarter was NOK 73.4 million, up from NOK 10.5 million in fourth quarter 2010. This gives an operating margin (EBITDA) of 40 percent compared with 10 percent in same period the year before. The new subsea vessel "Polar Queen" started operations in the Gulf of Mexico in November. Some minor off hire issues explain why the company does not have 100% fleet utilization in the fourth quarter.

The delivery of "Polar Duchess" from the Spanish shipyard in October marks the conclusion of a comprehensive investment program. In total, approximately NOK 1.6 billion has been invested in four new vessels representing a significant upgrade of the fleet. "Polar Duchess" is undergoing a minor modification at Bergen Yard before it starts work for Dolphin Geophysical.

Key financial figures for the 4th quarter 2011:

For further information, please contact:

CEO Irene Waage Basili, phone +47 55 60 68 67, or +47 90 09 86 88

CFO  Einar Ytredal phone +47 55 60 68 54, or +47 97 52 01 84

About GC Rieber Shipping:

GC Rieber Shipping's business within offshore/shipping includes ownership in specialized vessels, high quality marine ship management, project development and industrial portfolio management within the segments subsea, ice/support and marine seismic. The group has a unique competence in offshore operations in harsh environments as well as design, development and maritime operation of seismic vessels.

GC Rieber Shipping currently operates 18 advanced special purpose vessels for defined markets within the subsea, ice/support and marine seismic segments, of which 12 are owned by the company. This includes GC Rieber Shipping's ownership in Armada Seismic.

The company is headquartered in Bergen with ship management companies in Sevenoaks (UK) and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia). The  company is listed on Oslo BÝrs with ticker RISH. Further information is available on the company's website


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

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