Ship Finance International 6-K 2009
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO
RULE 13A-16 OR 15D-16 UNDER THE SECURITIES
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of August 2009
Commission File Number: 001-32199
SHIP FINANCE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
(Translation of registrant's name into English)
Par-la-Ville Place, 14 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton, HM 08, Bermuda
(Address of principal executive offices)
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INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS FORM 6-K REPORT
Attached as Exhibit 1 is a copy of the press release of Ship Finance International Limited (the “Company”), dated August 14, 2009, announcing the scheduled release of the Company's financial results for the second quarter of 2009 and webcast and conference call regarding such financial results.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance") (NYSE: SFL) plans to release its financial results for second quarter 2009 on Thursday August 20, 2009.
The Company plans to host a conference call and a webcast for all shareholders and interested parties on Thursday August 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM (EST) / 4:30 PM (Central European Time). Relevant material will be available from the Investor Relations section at Hwww.shipfinance.orgH as of the same day.
In order to listen to the presentation you may do one of the following:
Go to the Investor Relations section at Hwww.shipfinance.orgH and click on the link to "Webcast". To listen to the conference call from the web, you need to have installed Windows Media Player, and you need to have a sound card on your computer.
b. Conference Call
There will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Information on how to ask questions will be given at the beginning of the Q&A session.
A replay of the conference call will be available until August 26, 2009, Midnight by dialing:
Ole B. Hjertaker: Chief Executive Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
+47 2311 4011 / +47 9014 1243
Magnus T. Valeberg: Vice President, Ship Finance Management AS
+47 2311 4012 / +47 9344 0960
About Ship Finance
Ship Finance is a major ship owning company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SFL). Including newbuildings, the Company has a fleet of 66 vessels, including 32 crude oil tankers (VLCC and Suezmax), two chemical tankers, eight oil/bulk/ore vessels, one dry-bulk carrier, 13 container vessels, six offshore supply vessels, one jack-up drilling rigs and three ultra-deepwater drilling units. The fleet is one of the largest in the world and most of the vessels are employed on long-term charters.
More information can be found on the Company’s website: www.shipfinance.org.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including Ship Finance management's examination of historical operating trends. Although Ship Finance believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, Ship Finance cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.
Important factors that, in the Company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in this presentation include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker market as a result of changes in OPEC's petroleum production levels and world wide oil consumption and storage, changes in the Company's operating expenses including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.