NASSAU, Bahamas, Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited (Nasdaq:ULTR), an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (River Business, Offshore Supply Business and Ocean Business), announced today the closing of its previously announced sale of $25 million in aggregate principal amount of its 8.875% First Preferred Ship Mortgage Notes due 2021 (the "Add-On Notes"), which were offered as an add-on to its outstanding $200 million aggregate principal amount of 8.875% First Preferred Ship Mortgage Notes due 2021. As a result of the offering of the Add-On Notes, the Company has outstanding an aggregate principal amount of $225 million of its 8.875% First Preferred Ship Mortgage Notes due 2021, which are secured by the stock of certain of the Company's subsidiaries and by first preferred mortgages on vessels owned by certain of its subsidiaries. The Add-On Notes were sold at 104.5% in a private offering within the United States to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and to certain other persons outside of the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. The gross proceeds of the offering totaled $26.125 million. Ultrapetrol plans to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Add-On Notes and the related guarantees, nor shall there be any sale of the Add-On Notes and the related guarantees in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. Any offer of the Add-On Notes and related guarantees will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum. The Add-On Notes and the related guarantees have not been registered under the Securities Act, or any state securities laws, and unless so registered, may not be offered or sold except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.