Dryships Increased Backlog for Ocean Rig UDW

Press Release
Thursday, May 19, 2011

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced today that Ocean Rig UDW Inc., its majority owned subsidiary, has secured further backlog, as Borders & Southern plc have declared two optional wells under the existing drilling contract for the harsh environment drilling rig Leiv Eiriksson. The two optional wells have been assigned to Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL) and provide an additional contract duration of approximately 90 days. The total contract value is now USD 126 million.

Mr. George Economou, Chairman and CEO of Ocean Rig UDW Inc., commented:
“We are pleased to announce the option declaration for the Leiv Eiriksson with Borders & Southern plc. The previously announced rig swap on this contract is a win-win solution for the customer and the Company as demonstrated by the declaration of the options. We continue to work on enhancing the backlog for Ocean Rig.”


Source: Dryship inc.

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