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Ultrapetrol Reports Financial Results For First Quarter 2013

2 For a detailed explanation of these adjustments and other adjustments elsewhere in this release, see "Overview of Financial Results" and the tables included under the Supplemental Information section of this release.

Felipe Menéndez, Ultrapetrol's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to report significantly improved results for the first quarter. Under normal operating conditions we believe that 2013 will show the strength of the investment strategy that we developed in the past few years. As the new assets come into service and new higher prices come into effect in our various segments our results will reflect the growth and margin improvements that we were anticipating. During the first quarter, we continued to increase our Offshore Supply fleet as planned. Our recently delivered PSV, UP Amber, is expected to arrive in Brazil next week, while the first of the remaining two vessels under construction in India, UP Pearl, is expected to be delivered by June 2013. In addition, we confirmed four-year time charters for UP Amber and UP Pearl and extended the charter for UP Esmeralda for another four years. The fundamentals of the offshore market, and specifically the Brazilian market, continue to be strong and support our strategic efforts and growth in this segment."

Mr. Menéndez continued, "In our River Business, we have successfully renewed Contracts of Affreightments which will enable the Company to capitalize on increased demand and a stronger rate environment. We continue to implement our strategic cost-saving initiatives such as our re-engining and re-powering projects. In addition, our building yard is maintaining high productivity levels and is currently fully employed building barges for both the Company and third parties. We believe that the combined effect of these developments, together with a large crop already in silos will have a positive impact on our River Business segment in 2013 and over the long-term."

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