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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Dryships News

Maritime Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

26th Annual Maritime Hall of Fame Honors Five International Leaders, May 8, at the Grand Hyatt New York, New York City The Maritime Association of the Port of NY/NJ founded the annual International Maritime Hall of Fame in 1993 to recognize maritime visionaries who, through excellence in their company, organization, or services, best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in the 21st Century. The five honorees are:Harold J. DaggettInternational President…

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U.S.-Listed Shippers Buoyed by Globus Maritime's Earnings

Shares of U.S.-listed shippers rose after dry bulk shipper Globus Maritime Ltd posted its first Q3 profit per share in four years. GLBS jumped 10.20 pct, Pyxis Tankers Inc soared 39 pct, nd EuroDry Ltd up 13.2 pct. GLBS says Q3 profit was helped by reducing operational costs by ~25 pct from the last quarter which did not hamper operations, and/or utilization of the fleet.GLBS also posted higher Q3 revenue helped in part by strong demand for dry bulk vessels.

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DryShips Acquires Two Vessels

DryShips, a diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has agreed to acquire one 2013-built Newcastlemax drybulk carrier and one 2017-built Suezmax tanker, each constructed in China. The vessels will be acquired from entities that may be deemed to be affiliates of Mr. George Economou, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, for an aggregate purchase price of $93.8 million, including the associated bank debt of $50.3 million. The transaction remains subject to documentation and customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in June 2018.

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DryShips to Spin Off of Its Gas Carrier Business

DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Gas Ships Limited has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, to spin off of its gas carrier business from the Company. In the spin-off, DryShips will distribute to holders of its common stock 49% of the issued and outstanding shares of Gas Ships Limited's common stock. Following the spin-off, Gas Ships Limited will be a publicly-traded company, and DryShips will retain a 51% ownership interest in Gas Ships Limited.

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DryShips Adds Fourth VLGC

DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that it has taken delivery of its fourth high specification very large gas carrier (VLGC) newbuilding. The VLGC will be employed under a fixed rate time charter with ten years firm duration to an oil major trading company. The Company expects a total gross backlog associated with this time charter of up to $103.8 million. DryShips has now taken delivery of all of the 17 vessels it has  acquired since the beginning of 2017.

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Pankaj Khanna Appointed As CEO of Ocean Rig

Pankaj Khanna has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Rig UDW, a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services,  effective January 1, 2018. Khanna is 47 years old with 29 years of varied experience in the maritime & offshore industry. He last served as Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Marine Inc, a drybulk company that he founded in 2013. Prior to his position at Pioneer Marine Inc Khanna served as Chief Marketing Officer at Ocean Rig UDW Inc. from January 1, 2012 to October 2, 2012. Mr. Khanna served as the Chief Operating Officer of DryShips, Inc.

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DryShips Adds Third VLGC

DryShips Inc., a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced high specifications third newbuilding Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC). The VLGC will be employed under a time charter on a fixed rate with ten years firm duration to an oil major trading company. The Company expects a total gross backlog associated with this time charter of up to $103.8 million. Since the beginning of this year, DryShips has taken delivery of 16 vessels and expects to take delivery of one more at the beginning of next year.

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DryShips Commences 5 Year TC for Second VLGC

DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that, its second Very Large Gas Carrier commenced its time charter on a fixed rate with five years firm duration to an oil major. The charterer has options to extend the firm employment period by up to three years. The Company expects a total gross backlog associated with this time charter of up to USD 92.7 million including the optional periods. Five days ago, DryShips announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced high specifications second newbuilding VLGC.

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Dryships Adds New VLGC

DryShips Inc, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, has announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced high specifications second newbuilding Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC). The VLGC will be employed under a time charter on a fixed rate with five years firm duration to an oil major. The charterer has options to extend the firm employment period by up to three years. The Company expects a total gross backlog associated with this time charter of up to $92.7 million including the optional periods.

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Dryships Adds Second Aframax Tanker

DryShips Inc, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced 115,666 deadweight tons Aframax tanker built in 2012, which will be employed in the spot market. "Since the commencement of our acquisition program, in addition to the above, we have successfully taken delivery of a total of three vessels," the company said in a statement. On May 10, 2017, one Kamsarmax drybulk vessel built in 2014 of 81,918 deadweight tons. On May 2, 2017, one Newcastlemax drybulk vessel built in 2014 of 205,855 deadweight tons.

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DryShips Acquires Suezmax Newbuilding

Greece-based DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels,  entered into an agreement with an entity affiliated with the Company’s Chairman and CEO, George Economou, to acquire one 158,000 deadweight tons Suezmax tanker currently under construction in China. The Company will finance the total gross purchase price of approximately $64.0 million using cash on hand and expects to take delivery of the vessel during May 2017. The vessel will be time chartered back to…

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DryShips Enters into Newcastlemax Contract

DryShips Inc has entered into a one year time charter with a major grain house for one of its 206,000 dwt Newcastlemax drybulk vessels for an expected duration of about one year. The Company anticipates a total gross backlog of $7.1 million, and the contract to commence upon the delivery of the vessel, expected before the end of April 2017. Mr. DryShips is a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels that operate worldwide. The Company owns a fleet of 13 Panamax drybulk vessels…

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DryShips Acquires Six Vessels

DryShips Inc. has entered into agreements to acquire six vessels for a total gross price of $268 million. It has also entered into an agreement with Kalani Investments Limited. These vessels are comprised of one Aframax tanker built in 2012, three Kamsarmax drybulk vessels, one currently under construction and two built in 2014, and two very large gas carriers (VLGCs) currently under construction pursuant to the previously announced "zero cost" option agreement. The Aframax and the two second-hand Kamsarmaxes are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017…

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Dryships Acquires Four Newcastlemax Vessels

DryShips Inc. has entered into agreements with unaffiliated third parties to acquire four Newcastlemax bulk carriers of approximately 206,000 DWT and with an average age of 3 years. The company expects to take delivery of the vessels before the end of June 2017. DryShips will finance the total gross purchase price of approximately $124 million using cash on hand. Current liquidity stands at approximately $455 million. Two of the vessels will be employed under time charter contracts, while the other two will trade in the spot market.

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DryShips Sails Back into Tanker Market with Two Modern Vessels

Greek owner of drybulk carriers DryShips Inc. has announced that it is re-entering the tanker shipping market as it agreed to purchase an Aframax tanker and a very large crude carrier (VLCC). -  One 113,644 DWT Aframax tanker currently under construction in South Korea. The Company expects to take delivery of this vessel sometime in the second quarter of 2017. The vessel is expected to be employed in the spot market. - One 320,105 DWT Very Large Crude Carrier built in 2011. The Company expects to take delivery of this vessel sometime in the second quarter of 2017.

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US Post-election Shipping Rally Raises Interest, Questions

Shares of U.S. shipping companies shot higher again on Wednesday, causing volatility halts in a number of stocks and raising questions among investors and analysts over the extent of their sharp post-election rally. The jump in share prices and unusually heavy trading volume even surprised analysts who follow the stocks, although some said the gains appeared to result in part from optimism that commodity demand would increase under President-elect Donald Trump. At the center of the rally has been DryShips Inc…

Dry Bulk Facing Slow Recovery, Consolidation -Dreyfus

The dry bulk shipping industry may not emerge from a protracted downturn for another two years and some smaller firms will be squeezed out, the chairman of France's Louis Dreyfus Armateurs said on Tuesday. The dry bulk sector that transports commodities like coal and iron ore has suffered from oversupply of vessels and faltering global industrial demand, pushing freight rates to a record low this year. Some ship operators had taken heart from signs of a pick-up this year in the Chinese steel sector…

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Three Senior Appointments at Wikborg Rein, London

International law firm Wikborg Rein has further strengthened its leading presence in the shipping and offshore and onshore construction sectors with the appointment of three key senior hires to its London offices. Nick Shepherd has joined as a partner from Ince & Co, where he was most recently the head of that firm’s office in Piraeus, Greece. Nick has a market-leading reputation as an 'owner's lawyer' for the Greek shipping market, where he is the first-choice lawyer for a number of the largest shipping groups…

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Wikborg Rein Bolsters London Team

International law firm Wikborg Rein has further strengthened its leading presence in the shipping and offshore and onshore construction sectors with the appointment of three key senior hires to its London offices. Nick Shepherd has joined as a partner from Ince & Co, where he was most recently the head of that firm’s office in Piraeus, Greece. According to Wikborg Rein, Shepherd has a reputation as an 'owner's lawyer' for the Greek shipping market, where he is the first-choice lawyer for a number of the largest shipping groups…

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DryShips Posts Profit for 1Q

Greece-based DryShips Inc. (DRYS) reported first-quarter of 2016 net income of $55.4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The company said it had profit of $2.05 per share. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 78 cents per share. Vessel impairment charges and loss on sales, of $40.8 million, or $1.53 per share. Net income pick-up from the Company's 40.4% ownership in Ocean Rig, of $116.5 million, or $4.36 per share. The operator of oil rigs and dry cargo carriers posted revenue of $11.9 million in the period.

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DryShips Ups Its Revolver Facility

DryShips an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to increase its secured revolving facility (“Revolver”) provided by an entity controlled by the Company’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. George Economou. The Revolver was amended to increase the maximum available amount by $10 million to $70 million, to give Dryships an option to extend the maturity of the facility by 12 months to October 21, 2019 and to cancel the option of the lender to convert the outstanding loan to DryShips common stock.

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Ocean Rig Loses Two Drilling Contracts

Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced  that two of its drilling contracts have been terminated. The Nasdaq-listed drilling affiliate of DryShips said that Total E&P Congo has terminated its long-term charter of the ultra-deepwater drillship Ocean Rig Apollo, which is currently deployed in Congo and will be demobilised “in due course”. As per the contract Ocean Rig is entitled to a termination fee that varies from 50% to 95% of the operating daily rate that will be payable over the balance of the contract.

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DryShips Buys Nautilus Stake, Adds Six OSVs

Greek ship owner DryShips plans to add six support vessels to its fleet by acquiring a large stake in Nautilus Offshore Services. Dry bulk shipowner DryShips has entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 98% of Nautilus OffShore Services Inc. for a purchase price of $87 million plus the assumption of approximately $33 million of net debt. Nautilus indirectly through its subsidiaries owns six Offshore Supply Vessels of which four are Oil Spill Recovery Vessels (OSRVs) and two are Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs)…

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DryShips to Sell 17 Vessels for a Huge Loss

DryShips Inc. a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes, and through its affiliate, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced today that it has entered into firm sales agreements with entities controlled by the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, George Economou, to sell 17 vessels. The 17 vessels, comprised of 13 Capesize and 4 Panamax bulk carriers, are being sold for an aggregate price of $377.0 million…

Ocean Rig Corcovado and Ocean Rig Olympia naming ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries. Photo by DryShips Inc

DryShips Misses on Revenue

The Athens, Greece-based DryShips reported a $1.44bn loss in the second quarter but delivered an operational profit that was in-line with expectations. DryShips is an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its affiliate, Ocean Rig,  of offshore deepwater drilling services. The company has a loss of $2.17 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and asset impairment costs, were 6 cents per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations.

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Impact of Financial Crisis on Greek Shipping

Though international analysts like Morgan Stanley said that the Greek crisis will not have a direct impact on shipping companies, Greek shipping companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges sank on Monday. Greeks have said No to austerity terms imposed by international creditors, which could have led to the releasing a package of fresh financial aid which could help in the long battle to keep Greece afloat. The vast majority of ship-owners and other members of the maritime community…