SFL – Invitation to Presentation of 2Q 2012 Results

Ship Finance International Limited (“Ship Finance”) (NYSE: SFL) plans to release its preliminary financial results for second quarter 2012 on Tuesday August 28, 2012.

The Company plans to host a conference call and a webcast for all shareholders and interested parties on Tuesday August 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM (EST) / 4:00 PM (Central European Time). Relevant material will be available from the Investor Relations section at www.shipfinance.org as of the same day.

In order to listen to the presentation you may do one of the following: 
a. Webcast 
Go to the Investor Relations section at www.shipfinance.org and click on the link to “Webcast”. To listen to the conference call from the web, you need to have installed Windows Media Player, and you need to have a sound card on your computer. 

b. Conference Call 
Participants dial in numbers:

US Toll Free #            1-877-249-9037
International Dial In #           +44 20 3140 8286
Norwegian Toll Free # 80056053
Conference ID: 1443861

There will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Information on how to ask questions will be given at the beginning of the Q&A session. 
A replay of the conference call will be available until September 4, 2012 by dialing:

US Toll Free #            1-347-366-9565
International Dial In #           +44 20 7111 1244
The replay access code is: 1443861#

Investor and Analyst Contacts: 
Harald Gurvin, Chief Financial Officer, Ship Finance Management AS 
+47 23114009 / +47 97520363

Magnus T. Valeberg, Senior Vice President, Ship Finance Management AS 
+47 23114012 / +47 93440960

Media Contact: 
Ole B. Hjertaker, Chief Executive Officer, Ship Finance Management AS 
+47 23114011 / +47 90141243 
About Ship Finance 
Ship Finance is a major ship owning company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SFL). Including newbuildings, the Company has a fleet of 66 vessels, including 25 crude oil tankers (VLCC and Suezmax), two chemical tankers, three oil/bulk/ore vessels, 11 drybulk carriers including two newbuildings, 15 container vessels including four newbuildings, six offshore supply vessels, one jack-up drilling rig, one ultra-deepwater drillship and two ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs. The fleet is one of the largest in the world and most of the vessels are employed on long-term charters. 
More information can be found on the Company’s website: www.shipfinance.org 
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.