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Paragon Shipping Announces New Employment For A Panamax Bulkcarrier

ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN) ("Paragon Shipping" or the "Company"), a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, announced today that it has entered into a fixed rate time charter agreement for its Vessel, M/V Calm Seas, with Intermare Transport GMBH. 

The M/V Calm Seas, a 1999 build, 74,047 dwt Panamax bulkcarrier, has been fixed to Intermare for a period of 19 to 24 months at a gross daily rate of $11,800. As a result, the Company's fixed revenue days have now increased to 94% from 89% in 2012, to 73% from 66% in 2013 and to 38% from 37% in 2014 based on latest redelivery dates. The new time charter contract is anticipated to contribute approximately $6.8 million of gross revenues to the Company.

Commenting on these developments Michael Bodouroglou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paragon Shipping, stated, "We are pleased to announce this new chartering agreement with a respected charterer in the industry. The new agreement was concluded at a competitive rate and increases our charter coverage at these challenging times."

About Paragon Shipping

Paragon Shipping is a Marshall Islands-based international shipping company with executive offices in Athens, Greece specializing in the transportation of drybulk cargoes. The Company's current fleet consists of ten drybulk vessels with a total carrying capacity of 704,772 dwt. In addition, Paragon Shipping entered into contracts for the construction of four Handysize drybulk carriers that are scheduled to be delivered in 2012 and two 4,800 TEU Containerships that are scheduled to be delivered in 2013 and, as a result, will increase the fleet size to fourteen drybulk vessels with a total carrying capacity of 853,572 dwt and two Containerships with a total carrying capacity of 9,600 TEU.

For more information, visit: www.paragonship.com. The information contained on the Company's website does not constitute part of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include without limitation the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for drybulk shipping capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors, as well as other risks that have been included in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available at www.sec.gov.

Contacts Paragon Shipping Inc. info@paragonship.com   Allen & Caron Inc.Rudy Barrio   r.barrio@allencaron.com (212) 691-8087

SOURCE Paragon Shipping

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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