Paragon Shipping Contracts for Drybulk Vessels
Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN), a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into shipbuilding contracts with a Chinese shipyard for the construction of two Handysize drybulk vessels, each approximately 37,200 deadweight tons, or dwt, and two Kamsarmax drybulk vessels, each approximately 82,000 dwt, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $111.5m. The company expects to take delivery of the Handysize drybulk vessels in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the Kamsarmax drybulk vessels in the second and third quarters of 2012. Following the delivery of these four vessels, the Company's fleet will expand to 16 vessels with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 1,000,000 dwt. Furthermore, the Company has the option to build an additional two Handysize and two Kamsarmax drybulk vessels with expected deliveries in the third and fourth quarters of 2012, respectively.