PRESS RELEASE – ATHENS, Greece (March 5, 2014) – Paragon Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: PRGN) (“Paragon Shipping” or the “Company”), a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, announced today that it has signed shipbuilding contracts for three eco-design Kamsarmax drybulk carriers. These eco-design Kamsarmax newbuildings have a carrying capacity of 81,800 dwt each, and will be built at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co. Two of the newbuildings are scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015 and one is scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015. The total consideration for these three newbuilding contracts is $91.65 million.
Commenting on the developments, our Chairman and CEO, Michael Bodouroglou stated: “We are pleased to announce the purchase of three more eco-design vessels that are a direct compliment to our current fleet. With this order, we have increased our newbuilding orderbook to 7 drybulk vessels and one containership, which brings our total fleet to 22 vessels and improves our fleet profile significantly. We believe we are at the start of a strong year for the drybulk market and are positioning Paragon to take advantage of an improving market.”
About Paragon Shipping
Paragon Shipping is an international shipping company incorporated under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands with executive offices in Athens, Greece, specializing in the transportation of drybulk cargoes. Paragon Shipping’s current fleet consists of fourteen drybulk vessels with a total carrying capacity of 853,699 dwt. In addition, Paragon Shipping’s current newbuilding program consists of two Ultramax drybulk carriers and one 4,800 TEU containership that are scheduled to be delivered in 2014, and two Ultramax drybulk carriers and three Kamsarmax drybulk carriers that are scheduled to be delivered in 2015. Paragon Shipping has granted Box Ships Inc., an affiliated company, the option to acquire its containership under construction. For more information, visit: www.paragonship.com. The information contained on the Paragon Shipping’s website does not constitute part of this press release.