of Stamford, Ct. announced that it had entered into five year time
charters with BP Shipping for two new Panamax tankers which are scheduled to be delivered by their shipbuilder in April and July 2003.
Craig H. Stevenson, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer commented that "we are excited about this transaction for several reasons. First, these are our first time charters with BP since our spin-off in 1998 and we appreciate their confidence in concluding this long term business
with OMI. Second, the charters add approximately $11 million per year to our secure revenue for their terms and will enhance our profitability."