Washington, D. C. 20549

                        Report of Foreign Private Issuer
                      Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                         For the month of September 2005

                 (Translation of registrant's name into English)

                                  Canon's Court
                               22 Victoria Street
                                 Hamilton HM 12
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual
reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

                       Form 20-F [X]    Form 40-F [_]

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information
contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the
commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

                             Yes [_]     No [X]


     Attached hereto as Exhibit 1 is a copy of a press release dated September
26, 2005 announcing Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited's (the "Company")
acquisition of a double hull suezmax vessel expected to be delivered in November

Exhibit 1

Nordic American  Tanker  Shipping Ltd. (NAT) - (NYSE:  NAT) Expands the Fleet to
Eight Vessels

Hamilton, Bermuda, September 26, 2005

Nordic  American  Tanker  Shipping Ltd. (the "Company" or "NAT") today announced
that the Company has agreed to acquire a double hull  suezmax  vessel of 157,332
dwt built in Korea in 1998.  The vessel is  expected  to be  delivered  from the
seller to NAT in November 2005.

The vessel is expected to be employed in the spot market,  thus  increasing  the
number  of the  Company's  ships  in the spot  market  from  six to  seven.  The
Company's remaining vessel is employed on a long term contract.

Including  this  acquisition  the NAT  fleet  will  be  1,227,159  dwt and  this
acquisition will increase the earning capacity of the fleet. Management believes
that this  acquisition  will be  accretive  to both  dividends  and earnings per
share. The purchase price is USD 70 million.

The Company completed its  transformation  from a passive leasing structure into
an operating  company in mid-October 2004. Since then, the Company has increased
its fleet from three to eight ships including the acquisition announced today.

Main Details of the Fleet of the Company:

Original vessels since the formation of the Company in 1995:

Nordic Hunter            (1997 - 151,458)      Spot related contract
Nordic Hawk              (1997 - 151,458)      Spot related contract
Gulf Scandic             (1997 - 151,458)      Long term contract

Ships acquired after the Company became an operating company in October 2004:

Nordic Voyager    (1997 - 149,591)  Acquired November 2004       Spot employment
Nordic Fighter    (1998 - 153,181)  Acquired March 2005          Spot employment
Nordic Freedom    (2005 - 159,500)  Acquired March 2005          Spot employment
Nordic Discovery  (1998 - 153,181)  Acquired August 2005         Spot employment
New acquisition   (1998 - 157,332)  Acquisition announced today  Spot employment

Total fleet       1,227,159 dwt

Rates for suezmax  tankers in the spot market  during the third  quarter of 2005
have been lower than  during the second  quarter of 2005,  in line with  general
conditions in the tanker market.  According to the spot assessment of the IMAREX
Tanker  Index (Route TD5 130.000 mt West Africa to US Atlantic  Coast),  suezmax
spot rates in the third quarter  (through  September  22nd,  2005) have averaged
$23,246 as compared to $32,654 per day during the second quarter of 2005.

The Company  currently  expects its dividend in respect of the third  quarter of
2005 to approximate  $0.60 per share compared to the dividend per share of $0.84
in respect of the second quarter of 2005.

Based on average spot rates for the third quarter  through  September 22nd 2005,
and assuming that rates for the balance of the quarter remain at the same level,
the Company  currently  expects its earnings per share for the third  quarter of
2005 to range from $0.25 to $0.29,  compared to earnings  per share of $0.57 for
the second  quarter of 2005.  Tanker spot rates are highly  volatile  and actual
results may differ from those expected by the Company.  Our EPS estimate for the
third quarter is influenced  by a  non-recurring  and non-cash item of 2.5 cents
per share  related  to  making  our $300  million  credit  facility  a five year
arrangement. During the third quarter of 2005, one ship was dry-docked according
to plan. The total time in dry-dock was 19 days which together with deviation to
the dry-dock  yard of nine days resulted in this vessel's not earning 28 days of
revenue.  None of our vessels  will be in scheduled  dry-dock  during the fourth
quarter of 2005.

As previously  announced,  the Company's seventh suezmax tanker joined the fleet
on August 9th, 2005, and has operated in the spot market since then.

As of September 22nd 2005,  IMAREX reports suezmax  freight  forwards at $44,816
per day for the fourth  quarter of 2005.  On September  22nd the spot IMAREX day
rate stood at $29,216, reflecting a recent strengthening of the market.

Herbjorn Hansson, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"This  addition  to  the  fleet  represents  a  further  important  step  in the
development  of the  Company,  and is  consistent  with our growth  strategy  of
accretive acquisitions that bolster dividends and earnings per share. The market
has been weaker during the third quarter of 2005 compared with the first and the
second quarters of 2005, but we now see signs of a  strengthening  in the market
going forward.  The underlying  demand for oil continues to be strong. I believe
that the Company is well positioned to continue its growth strategy based on its
policy of full  dividend  pay-out to  shareholders.  We wish our  operations  to
continue to be predictable  and consistent for investors who understand  that we
remain  faithful to the  principles of our strategy and of our unique  operating
model.  With our  total  fleet of 8 ships,  we are well  positioned  to reap the
benefits of the tanker market going forward".


Matters   discussed  in  this  press  release  may  constitute   forward-looking
statements.  The Private Securities  Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe
harbor  protections  for  forward-looking   statements  in  order  to  encourage
companies   to   provide   prospective   information   about   their   business.
Forward-looking  statements  include  statements  concerning plans,  objectives,
goals, strategies,  future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and
other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The  Company  desires to take  advantage  of the safe harbor  provisions  of the
Private  Securities  Litigation  Reform  Act  of  1995  and  is  including  this
cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation.  The words
"believe,"  "anticipate,"  "intend," "estimate,"  "forecast," "project," "plan,"
"potential,"   "will,"  "may,"   "should,"   "expect,"   "pending"  and  similar
expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The  forward-looking  statements  in this press  release are based upon  various
assumptions,  many of which  are  based,  in  turn,  upon  further  assumptions,
including  without  limitation,   our  management's  examination  of  historical
operating  trends,  data  contained in our records and other data available from
third parties.  Although we believe that these  assumptions were reasonable when
made,   because  these   assumptions  are  inherently   subject  to  significant
uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and
are beyond our control,  we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish
these expectations, beliefs or projections. We undertake no obligation to update
any forward-looking  statement,  whether as a result of new information,  future
events or otherwise.

Important  factors  that,  in our view,  could  cause  actual  results to differ
materially from those discussed in the  forward-looking  statements  include the
strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including
fluctuations in charter 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 our operating expenses,  including
bunker  prices,  drydocking  and  insurance  costs,  the market for our vessels,
availability of financing and  refinancing,  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,  vessels  breakdowns  and  instances of  off-hires  and other
important  factors  described  from  time to time in the  reports  filed  by the
Company with the  Securities and Exchange  Commission,  including the prospectus
and related prospectus supplement and our Annual Report on Form 20-F.

Contacts:            Scandic American Shipping Ltd.
                     Manager for:
                     Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd.
                     P.O Box 56, 3201 Sandefjord, Norway
                     Tel: + 47 33 42 73 00 E-mail:


                     Rolf Amundsen
                     Chief Financial Officer
                     Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd.
                     Tel: +1 800 601 9079 or + 47 908 26 906

                     Gary Wolfe
                     Seward & Kissel LLP, New York, USA
                     Tel: +1 212  574 1223

                     Herbjorn Hansson
                     Chairman & CEO
                     Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd.
                     Tel:  +1 866 805 9504 or + 47 901 46 291


     Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


Dated:  September 26, 2005             By:/s/ Herbjorn Hansson
                                              Herbjorn Hansson
                                              Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
                                              and President

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