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

NASSAU, Bahamas, Jan. 23, 2013 (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 the expiration of its tender offer (the "Tender Offer") to repurchase up to $80 million of its outstanding 7.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2017 (the "Notes") in accordance with the provisions of the indenture governing the Notes. The Notes were repurchased at par plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the date of repurchase, for a total price of $1,001.61 per $1,000.00 principal amount of Notes.

As previously announced, the Tender Offer expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time on January 22, 2013. At the time of the expiration, $80 million aggregate principal amount of the Notes had been validly tendered and not withdrawn.

Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company served as the Trustee, Tender Agent, Paying Agent and Conversion Agent for the Tender Offer.

About Ultrapetrol

Ultrapetrol is an industrial transportation company serving the marine transportation needs of its clients in the markets on which it focuses. It serves the shipping markets for containers, grain and soya bean products, forest products, minerals, crude oil, petroleum, and refined petroleum products, as well as the offshore oil platform supply market with its extensive and diverse fleet of vessels. These include river barges and pushboats, platform supply vessels, tankers and two container feeder vessels. More information on Ultrapetrol can be found at www.ultrapetrol.net .

The Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3164

Forward-Looking Language

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.

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