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Ultrapetrol Commences Tender Offer For All Of Its Outstanding 7.25% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2017

NASSAU, Bahamas, Dec. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited (Nasdaq:ULTR) ("Ultrapetrol"), an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (River Business, Offshore Supply Business and Ocean Business), announced today that it has commenced a tender offer (the "Tender Offer") to repurchase all of its outstanding 7.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2017 (the "Notes") in accordance with the provisions of the indenture governing the Notes. Ultrapetrol is offering to repurchase up to $80.0 million of the Notes at par plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the date of repurchase, reflecting the aggregate principal amount outstanding of the Notes on the commencement date of the Tender Offer. Tenders of the Notes must be made prior to the expiration of the Tender Offer and may be withdrawn at any time prior to the expiration of the Tender Offer.

The Tender Offer begins today, December 21, 2012, and will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on January 22, 2013. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Tender Offer, Ultrapetrol's noteholders will have the opportunity to tender all of their Notes, at par plus accrued and unpaid interest.

None of the Company, its Board of Directors, its employees, the Trustee, the Tender Agent, the Paying Agent or the Conversion Agent are making any representation or recommendation to any noteholder as to whether or not to tender that noteholder's Notes in the Tender Offer. Noteholders must decide how many Notes they will tender, if any. The terms and conditions of the Tender Offer will be described in the offer to repurchase (the "Offer to Repurchase") and related materials to be distributed to holders of the Notes.

The Trustee, Tender Agent, Paying Agent and Conversion Agent for the tender offer is Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company. The Offer to Repurchase and related documents will be mailed to noteholders of record and also will be made available for distribution to beneficial owners of the Notes. For questions and information, please call the Tender Agent at (410) 949-3268.

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