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This excerpt taken from the CKH DEF 14A filed Apr 7, 2009.

Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of Common Stock and Related Matters

The Company is subject to a variety of U.S. federal statutes and regulations, including the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (the “Shipping Act”), and the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, as amended (the “1920 Act”, and collectively with the Shipping Act, the “Acts”), which govern, among other things, the ownership and operation of vessels used to carry cargo between U.S. ports.

Generally, the Acts require that vessels engaged in U.S. coastwise trade must be owned by U.S. citizens. In order for a corporation operating in U.S. coastwise trade to qualify as a U.S. citizen, at least 75% of the outstanding capital stock of the corporation must be owned by persons or organizations that are U.S. citizens, as defined in the Shipping Act. Accordingly, if persons or organizations that are not U.S. citizens as so defined were to own more than 25% of the Common Stock, the Company would not (until such foreign ownership was reduced to or below 25%) be permitted to continue its U.S. coastwise trade operations. To help facilitate compliance with the Acts, the Certificate of Incorporation requires the Company to institute and to implement through the transfer agent for the Common Stock a dual stock certificate system, pursuant to which certificates evidencing shares of Common Stock bear legends which, among other things, designate such certificates as either “foreign” or “domestic,” depending on the citizenship of the owner. The Certificate of Incorporation also establishes procedures designed to enable the Company to monitor and limit foreign ownership of the Common Stock, and authorizes the Board under certain circumstances to redeem shares of stock owned by non-U.S. citizens. Moreover, the By-Laws provide that the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and the President must each be U.S. citizens, and restrict any officer who is not a U.S. citizen from acting in the absence or disability of such person. The By-Laws further provide that the number of non-U.S. citizen directors shall not exceed a minority of the number necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

This excerpt taken from the CKH DEF 14A filed Apr 24, 2008.

Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of Common Stock and Related Matters

The Company is subject to a variety of U.S. federal statutes and regulations, including the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (the “Shipping Act”), and the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, as amended (the “1920 Act”, and collectively with the Shipping Act, the “Acts”), which govern, among other things, the ownership and operation of vessels used to carry cargo between U.S. ports.

Generally, the Acts require that vessels engaged in U.S. coastwise trade must be owned by U.S. citizens. In order for a corporation operating in U.S. coastwise trade to qualify as a U.S. citizen, at least 75% of the outstanding capital stock of the corporation must be owned by persons or organizations that are U.S. citizens, as defined in the Shipping Act. Accordingly, if persons or organizations that are not U.S. citizens as so defined were to own more than 25% of the Common Stock, the Company would not (until such foreign ownership was reduced to or below 25%) be permitted to continue its U.S. coastwise trade operations. To help facilitate compliance with the Acts, the Certificate of Incorporation requires the Company to institute and to implement through the transfer agent for the Common Stock a dual stock certificate system, pursuant to which certificates evidencing shares of Common Stock bear legends which, among other things, designate such certificates as either “foreign” or “domestic,” depending on the citizenship of the owner. The Certificate of Incorporation also establishes procedures designed to enable the Company to monitor and limit foreign ownership of the Common Stock, and authorizes the Board under certain circumstances to redeem shares of stock owned by non-U.S. citizens. Moreover, the By-laws provide that the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and the President must each be U.S. citizens, and restrict any officer who is not a U.S. citizen from acting in the absence or disability of such person. The By-laws further provide that the number of non-U.S. citizen directors shall not exceed a minority of the number necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

This excerpt taken from the CKH DEF 14A filed Apr 13, 2007.

Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of Common Stock and Related Matters

The Company is subject to a variety of U.S. federal statutes and regulations, including the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (the “Shipping Act”), and the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, as amended (the “1920 Act”, and collectively with the Shipping Act, the “Acts”), which govern, among other things, the ownership and operation of vessels used to carry cargo between U.S. ports.

Generally, the Acts require that vessels engaged in U.S. coastwise trade must be owned by U.S. citizens. In order for a corporation operating in U.S. coastwise trade to qualify as a U.S. citizen, at least 75% of the outstanding capital stock of the corporation must be owned by persons or organizations that are U.S. citizens, as defined in the Shipping Act. Accordingly, if persons or organizations that are not U.S. citizens as so defined were to own more than 25% of the Common Stock, the Company would not (until such foreign ownership was reduced to or below 25%) be permitted to continue its U.S. coastwise trade operations. To help facilitate compliance with the Acts, the Certificate of Incorporation requires the Company to institute and to implement through the transfer agent for the Common Stock a dual stock certificate system, pursuant to which certificates evidencing shares of Common Stock bear legends which, among other things, designate such certificates as either “foreign” or “domestic,” depending on the citizenship of the owner. The Certificate of Incorporation also establishes procedures designed to enable the Company to monitor and limit foreign ownership of the Common Stock, and authorizes the Board under certain circumstances to redeem shares of stock owned by non-U.S. citizens. Moreover, the By-laws provide that the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and the President must each be U.S. citizens, and restrict any officer who is not a U.S. citizen from acting in the absence or disability of such person. The By-laws further provide that the number of non-U.S. citizen directors shall not exceed a minority of the number necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

This excerpt taken from the CKH DEF 14A filed Apr 17, 2006.

Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of Common Stock and Related Matters

The Company is subject to a variety of U.S. federal statutes and regulations, including the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (the “Shipping Act”), and the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, as amended (the “1920 Act”, and collectively with the Shipping Act, the “Acts”), which govern, among other things, the ownership and operation of vessels used to carry cargo between U.S. ports.

Generally, the Acts require that vessels engaged in U.S. coastwise trade must be owned by U.S. citizens. In order for a corporation operating in U.S. coastwise trade to qualify as a U.S. citizen, at least 75% of the outstanding capital stock of the corporation must be owned by persons or organizations that are U.S. citizens, as defined in the Shipping Act. Accordingly, if persons or organizations that are not U.S. citizens as so defined were to own more than 25% of the Common Stock, the Company would not (until such foreign ownership was reduced to or below 25%) be permitted to continue its U.S. coastwise trade operations. To help facilitate compliance with the Acts, the Certificate of Incorporation requires the Company to institute and to implement through the transfer agent for the Common Stock a dual stock certificate system, pursuant to which certificates evidencing shares of Common Stock bear legends which, among other things, designate such certificates as either “foreign” or “domestic,” depending on the citizenship of the owner. The Certificate of Incorporation also establishes procedures designed to enable the Company to monitor and limit foreign ownership of the Common Stock, and authorizes the Board under certain circumstances to redeem shares of stock owned by non-U.S. citizens. Moreover, the By-laws provide that the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and the President must each be U.S. citizens, and restrict any officer who is not a U.S. citizen from acting in the absence or disability of such person. The By-laws further provide that the number of non-U.S. citizen directors shall not exceed a minority of the number necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

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