Paragon Shipping Inc. it has completed the acquisition of two of the three drybulk carriers that it contracted to acquire using the net proceeds of its recent public offering together with bank borrowings
. The third vessel remains scheduled for delivery before September 15, 2007.
With the addition of these two vessels, the Company's fleet consists of four Panamax drybulk carriers, three Handymax drybulk carriers and one Supramax drybulk carrier, with an aggregate capacity of approximately 482,922 deadweight tons.
The company took delivery on August 13, 2007 of the Sapphire Seas, a 53,702 dwt 2005-built Supramax vessel. The Sapphire Seas has been chartered to Korea Line Corp. pursuant to a time charter with a remaining period of approximately 33 to 35 months at the charterer's option, at an initial rate of $30,750 per day, gross of commissions, which commenced immediately upon the delivery of the vessel to the Company. The daily charter rate for the Sapphire Seas will
decrease to $26,750 on June 24, 2008 and to $22,750 on June 24, 2009.
The company also took delivery of the Pearl Seas, a 74,273 dwt 2006-built Panamax vessel, on August 16, 2007. The Pearl Seas has been chartered to D'Amato Shipping pursuant to a time charter with a remaining period of approximately 10 to 13 months at the charterer's option, at the rate of $30,500 per day, gross of commissions, which commenced immediately upon delivery of the vessel.