ATHENS, Greece, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN) ("Paragon Shipping" or the "Company"), announced today that it has entered into a fixed rate time charter agreement for its vessel, the M/V Friendly Seas, with Western Bulk Carriers AS.
The M/V Friendly Seas, a 2008 built 58,779 dwt Supramax bulkcarrier, has been fixed to Western Bulk Carriers for a period of 18 to 24 months at a gross daily rate of $10,700. As a result, the Company's fixed revenue days now stand at 94% in 2012, at 73% in 2013 and at 35% in 2014 based on latest redelivery dates. The new time charter contract is anticipated to contribute a minimum of about $5.7 million of gross revenues to the Company.
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. Paragon Shipping has granted Box Ships Inc., an affiliated company, the option to acquire its two Containerships under construction. 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. email@example.com Allen & Caron Inc. Rudy Barrio firstname.lastname@example.org(212) 691-8087