Press Release

U.S. Third Circuit Court Reverses and Remands Judgment Regarding Stolt-Nielsen Amnesty Agreement with Antitrust Division

London, England - March 23, 2006 - Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (NasdaqNM: SNSA; Oslo Stock Exchange: SNI), announced today that a two-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has reversed and remanded a District Court injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division from indicting the Company, its officers, directors and employees in connection with alleged antitrust violations in the parcel tanker industry. The District Court injunction was based on an amnesty agreement between the Company and the Antitrust Division.

Today's Third Circuit ruling found that the District Court did not have the authority to enforce an amnesty agreement prior to an indictment. The Third Circuit found that Stolt-Nielsen should raise its arguments at a later stage. The Third Circuit today did not address the merits of Stolt-Nielsen's amnesty defense.
 
The Company intends to file a petition for a rehearing en banc with the Third Circuit, and the filing of such a petition will delay the effect of this decision.
 
Today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals is available on its website at www.ca3.uscourts.gov.
 
About Stolt-Nielsen S.A.
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (the "Company") is one of the world's leading providers of transportation services for bulk liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids, and other specialty liquids. The Company, through the parcel tanker, tank container, terminal, rail and barge services of its wholly-owned subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group, provides integrated transportation for its customers. Stolt Sea Farm, wholly-owned by the Company, produces and markets high quality turbot and Southern bluefin tuna.
 
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