, an owner and operator of drybulk carriers, container ship and multipurpose vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced today that a subsidiary of the Company has entered into an one-year period time charter agreement with Hull & Hatches Logistics
) for the M/V Quingdao I, a 1,169 teu, 1990 built feeder container ship, at a gross daily rate of $12,800. The vessel was renamed M/V Ninos. Following this charter, approximately 88% of Euroseas total fleet days in 2007 and, approximately, 40% in 2008 are fixed under period charters, already concluded spot charters, or, otherwise protected from market fluctuations.
The rate of the new charter of M/V Ninos (ex- M/V Quingdao I) represents an improvement of $900 per day over the daily charter rate the vessel earned during a three year period charter that ended in March 2007. After a short charter during April 2007, M/V Ninos completed its intermediate survey and dry-docking; it is scheduled to commence the new charter on April 28, 2007.