STEALTHGAS INC. Announces New Charter Arrangements For Three Vessels And Rescue Of Four Chinese Fishermen By The Crew Of The Gas Kalogeros

ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEALTHGAS INC. (Nasdaq:GASS) (the "Company"), a ship-owning company serving primarily the liquified petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today the following new charter arrangements for the Gas Moxie, the Gas Sincerity and the Gas Evoluzione.

New Charter Arrangements:

Commencing in early November 2010, the Gas Moxie will commence a series of fixtures covering the period up to the 1 st week December 2010.

Commencing November 2010, the Gas Evoluzione will commence a nine month time charter to a state owned natural gas company. The charterer has an option, to be declared in April 2011, to extend the charter for further three months duration.

Commencing June 2011, the Gas Sincerity will commence three year bare boat charter to an international gas operator.

The average time charter equivalent rate for the above three charters is $232,010 per calendar month or $7,632 per day.

Rescue by Gas Kalogeros:

On October 25, 2010 the officer on duty onboard the Gas Kalogeros sighted a white distress signal. After reaching the life raft from where the signal had been dispatched the captain and the crew of the Gas Kalogeros rescued four Chinese fishermen who had been adrift in their life raft for eight days following the sinking of their vessel in the South China Sea during typhoon "Migi". The crew then administered fist aid and nutrition to the fishermen who were safely put ashore on October 27, at Yantian in China.

CEO Harry Vafias commented:

"I am pleased to announce further period charters for three of our vessels following the announcement we made the week before last regarding ten of our ships. These fixtures now bring the total of ships fixed recently to thirteen, representing 38% of our LPG fleet. The period charters also enhance our fixed charter coverage for 2011 to around 60%. The charter of the Gas Evoluzione is particularly pleasing as she has been trading in the spot market for sometime. In addition, STEALTHGAS is starting a new relationship with this major charterer. This fixture, along with the appetite we have seen recently from charterers to take vessels on a period basis leads us to believe that positive signs may be beginning to emerge in our core market sector and I look forward to further discussing the outlook for our LPG fleet during our earnings call on November 16."

"I am also pleased to report that our vessel the Gas Kalogeros performed a life saving rescue in the South China Sea in late October which resulted in the saving of four lives. We are very proud of the vessel's crew under the command of Captain Gerundio B. Vidal and we wish to express our thanks to him and his crew for their seamanship and expertise in conducting this rescue. This is the fourth time that a Stealthgas vessel has rushed to save people in distress!" 

Fleet Profile and Fleet Deployment:

The table below shows the Company's fleet development and deployment as of today:
LPG Carrier Fleet            
             
Vessel Vessel Size (cbm) Vessel Type Year Built Delivered To GASS Employment Status Charter Expiration (1)
CURRENT FLEET
Gas Cathar  7,517 F.P. 2001 Oct-05 Time Charter  May-12
Gas Premiership 7,200 F.P. 2001 Mar-08 Time Charter   Mar-12
Gas Haralambos  7,000 F.P. 2007 Oct-07 Time Charter  Jun -13
Gas Marathon (2) 6,572 F.P. 1995 Nov-05 Time Charter  Jun-11
Gas Chios  6,562 F.P. 1991 Oct-05 Time Charter  Apr-11
Gas Moxie  6,526 F.P. 1992 May-05 Spot  --
Gas Flawless 6,300 F.P. 2007 Feb-07 Time Charter  Feb-11
Gas Monarch 5,018 F.P. 1997 Dec-05 Spot  --
Lyne  5,014 F.P. 1996 May-06 Bareboat  May-11
Gas Emperor 5,013 F.P. 1995 Feb-05 Spot  --
Catterick 5,001 F.P. 1995 Nov-05 Time Charter  Jan-12
Sir Ivor 5,000 F.P. 2003 May-06 Bareboat  May-11
Gas Icon 5,000 F.P. 1994 Jun-07 Spot  --
Gas Kalogeros 5,000 F.P. 2007 Jul-07 Time Charter  Jun-11
Gas Defiance  5,000 F.P. 2008 Jul-08 Time Charter  Jan-13
Gas Shuriken  5,000 F.P. 2008 Oct-08 Time Charter  Oct-12
Gas Sincerity 4,123 F.P. 2000 Nov-05 Bareboat  Jun-14
Gas Spirit 4,112 F.P. 2001 Dec-05 Bareboat  Jan-16
Gas Zael  4,111 F.P. 2001 Dec-05 Bareboat  Jan -14
Gas Kaisan  4,109 S.R. 1991 Nov-04 Spot  -- 
Gas Shanghai 3,526 F.P. 1999 Dec-04 Time Charter  Jan-12
Gas Nemesis (3) 3,518 F.P. 1996 May-07 Time Charter  Apr-11 
Gas Evoluzione (4) 3,517 F.P. 1996 Jul-07 Time Charter  Aug -11
Gas Czar  3,510 F.P. 1995 Feb-06 Spot  --
Gas Astrid  3,500 F.P. 2009 Apr-09 Bareboat  Apr-14
Gas Legacy  3,500 F.P. 1998 Oct-05 Time Charter  Oct-11
Gas Sikousis  3,500 F.P. 2006 Aug-07 Bareboat  May-16
Gas Exelero  3,500 F.P. 2009 Jun-09 Bareboat  Jun-14
Gas Arctic 3,434 S.R. 1992 Apr-05 Spot  --
Gas Ice 3,434 S.R. 1991 Apr-05 Spot  -- 
Chiltern 3,312 F.P. 1997 Jun-07 Bareboat  May-13
Gas Pasha  3,244 F.P. 1995 Jun-06 Time Charter  Sep-11 
Gas Crystal 3,211 S.R. 1990 Nov-05 Spot  --
Gas Tiny 1,320 S.R. 1991 Oct-04 Spot  --
FLEET TOTAL: 34 VESSELS 155204 cbm          
Additional Vessels (with expected delivery date)
Gas Myth 5,000 F.P. 2011 Feb-11    
Gas Elixir 5,000 F.P. 2011 Mar-11    
Gas Cerberus 5,000 F.P. 2011 Jul-11    
Gas Esco 7,500 F.P. 2011 Nov-11    
Gas Husky 7,500 F.P. 2012 May-12    
TOTAL LPG CARRIER FLEET:  39 VESSELS 185,204 cbm          
Tanker Fleet             
             
Vessel Vessel Size (dwt) Vessel Type Year Built Delivered To GASS Employment Status Charter Expiration(1)
Navig8 Fidelity 47,000 MR Product Tanker 2008 8-Jan Bareboat 15-Jan
Navig8 Faith 47,000 MR Product Tanker 2008 8-Feb Bareboat 15-Feb
 Alpine Endurance 46,000 MR Product Tanker 2009 9-Jul Bareboat 12-Jul
M.T. Spike 115,804 Aframax Crude Oil Tanker 2010 10-Jul Bareboat 15-Jul
TOTAL TANKER FLEET:  4 VESSELS 255804 dwt          
* F.P.: Fully-Pressurized            
* S.R.: Semi-Refrigerated            
* M.R.: Medium Range            
             
(1)  Earliest date charters could expire. 
(2)  The Gas Marathon is deployed under a time charter until June 2011. The Charterer has an option declarable in November 2010 to extend the charter for a further six months.
(3)  Gas Nemesis is deployed under a time charter until April 2011. The Charterer has an option, declarable in January 2011 to extend the charter for a further six months.
(4)  Gas Evoluzione is deployed from November 2010 under a time charter until August 2011. The Charterer has an option declarable in April 2011 to extend the charter for a further three months. 

About STEALTHGAS INC.

Headquartered in Athens, Greece, STEALTHGAS INC. is a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquified petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry. STEALTHGAS INC. currently has a fleet of 34 LPG carriers with a total capacity of 155,204 cubic meters (cbm), three M.R. product tankers and one Aframax crude oil tanker. The company has also entered into agreements to acquire five new building LPG carriers with expected delivery from February 2011 through May 2012. Once these acquisitions are completed, STEALTHGAS INC.'s fleet will be composed of 39 LPG carriers with a total capacity of 185,204 cubic meters (cbm), three M.R. product tankers and one Aframax crude oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 deadweight tons (dwt). STEALTHGAS INC.'s shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and trade under the symbol "GASS".

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although STEALTHGAS INC. believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, STEALTHGAS INC. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, charter counterparty performance, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled dry dockings, changes in STEALTHGAS INC.'s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by STEALTHGAS INC. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Visit our website at www.stealthgas.com
CONTACT:  STEALTHGAS INC.          Andrew J. Simmons, Chief Financial Officer          011-30-210-6250-001          simmons@stealthgas.com

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