Dryship Fleet Renewal Continues

Thursday, December 06, 2007
DryShips, Inc., announced that tThe company has entered into an agreement to purchase a 2001 built, 172,579 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, for $152.25 million. It will be delivered, charter free, during the second quarter of 2008. ƒnThe Company also entered into an agreement to sell the 1993 built, 149,475 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, MV Netadola for $93.9 million. Delivery to the new owners will take place during the first quarter of 2008. Once the sale is concluded the company expects to realize a gain of approximately $62.2 million. ¡§We are pleased to continue with our strategy of fleet renewal. The replacement of MV Nedatola, a 14 year old smaller Capesize vessel, with a six year old modern Capesize dry bulk carrier, enhances our earnings potential and the longevity of our cash flow,¡¨ said George Economou, Chairman and CEO of DryShips Inc. ¡§We continue to take full advantage of the strong fundamentals of the dry bulk industry with our modern fleet.¡¨

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