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Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Completes Acquisition of Six Drybulk Vessels

Jan 03, 2008

Takes Delivery of Handysize Vessel

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) today announced that it has taken delivery of the Genco Champion, a 2006-built Handysize vessel, on January 2, 2008. The Genco Champion is the final vessel to be delivered to the Company under Genco's previously announced agreements on August 14, 2007 to acquire six drybulk vessels from affiliates of Evalend Shipping Co. S.A.

The Genco Champion is expected to be delivered to its charterer, Pacific Basin Chartering Ltd., by January 4, 2008 to commence a time charter for 35 to 37.5 months at a rate of $24,000 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The charter is due to expire between December 2010 and March 2011.

Genco's current fleet is comprised of 28 drybulk vessels with a total carrying capacity of approximately 1,908,000 dwt. Genco plans to take delivery of the five remaining Capesize newbuildings from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group from the second quarter of 2008 through the third quarter of 2009.

    The following table reflects the current employment of Genco's current
fleet as well as the employment or other status of vessels expected to join
Genco's fleet:



                                                      Cash    Revenue
                   Year                    Charter    Daily    Daily  Expected
                   Built                  Expiration  Rate     Rate   Delivery
        Vessel             Charterer         (1)       (2)      (3)      (4)

    Capesize Vessels
    Genco Augustus 2007   Cargill          December   45,263    62,750    -
                          International      2009
                          S.A.

    Genco Tiberius 2007   Cargill          January    45,263    62,750    -
                          International      2010
                          S.A.

    Genco London   2007   SK Shipping Co., August     57,500    64,250
                          Ltd                2010

    Genco Titus    2007   Cargill          November   45,000(5) 46,250    -
                          International      2011
                          S.A.

    Genco          2008(6)Cargill          54 to 62   52,750(7)        Q2 2008
     Constantine          International    months from
                          S.A.             delivery
                                           date

    Genco Hadrian  2008(6)To be determined TBD           TBD           Q4 2008
                          ("TBD")


    Genco Commodus 2009(6)TBD              TBD           TBD           Q2 2009


    Genco Maximus  2009(6)TBD              TBD           TBD           Q2 2009

    Genco Claudius 2009(6)TBD              TBD           TBD           Q3 2009



    Panamax Vessels
    Genco Beauty   1999   Cargill          May 2009      31,500           -
                          International
                          S.A.

    Genco Knight   1999   SK Shipping Ltd. May 2009      37,700           -

    Genco Leader   1999   A/S Klaveness    December 2008 25,650(8)        -

    Genco Trader(9)1990   Baumarine AS     February 2008 25,750(8)        -

    Genco Vigour   1999   STX Panocean(UK) March 2009    29,000(10)       -
                          Co. Ltd.

    Genco Acheron  1999   STX Panocean(UK) February 2008 30,000           -
                          Co. Ltd.

    Genco Surprise 1998   Cosco Bulk       February 2008 25,000           -
                          Carrier Co., Ltd.
                          Hanjin Shipping  35 to 37      42,100           -
                          Co., Ltd.        months from
                                           delivery to
                                           new charterer


    Supramax Vessels
    Genco Predator 2005   Intermare        February     22,500(11) 41,000 -
                          Transport GmbH     2008


    Genco Warrior  2005   Hyundai Merchant November     38,750            -
                          Marine             2010
                          Co. Ltd.

    Genco Hunter   2007   Pacific Basin    March        65,000            -
                          Chartering Ltd.    2008


    Handymax Vessels
    Genco Success 1997    Korea Line       March 2008/  24,000/           -
                          Corporation      January 2011 33,000(12)

    Genco Carrier 1998    Pacific Basin    February
                          Chartering Ltd.  2008         24,000            -

    Genco         1997    Pacific Basin    April 2008   26,000            -
     Prosperity           Chartering Ltd.

    Genco Wisdom  1997    Hyundai Merchant February     24,000(13)        -
                          Marine           2008
                          Co. Ltd.         January 2011 34,500

    Genco Marine  1996    NYK Bulkship     February
                          Europe S.A.      2008         24,000            -

    Genco Muse    2001    Oldendorff GmbH  March 2008   58,000            -
                          & Co. KG.


    Handysize Vessels
    Genco Explorer 1999   Lauritzen         August 2009 19,500            -
                          Bulkers A/S

    Genco Pioneer  1999   Lauritzen Bulkers August 2009 19,500            -
                          A/S

    Genco Progress 1999   Lauritzen Bulkers August 2009 19,500            -
                          A/S

    Genco Reliance 1999   Lauritzen Bulkers August 2009 19,500            -
                          A/S

    Genco Sugar    1998   Lauritzen Bulkers August 2009 19,500            -
                          A/S

    Genco Charger  2005   Pacific Basin     November
                          Chartering        2010        24,000            -
                          Ltd.

    Genco          2003   Pacific Basin     November
     Challenger           Chartering        2010        24,000            -
                          Ltd.

    Genco Champion 2006   Pacific Basin     December    24,000            -
                          Chartering        2010
                          Ltd.


(1) The charter expiration dates presented represent the earliest dates that our charters may be terminated in the ordinary course. Except for the Genco Titus, under the terms of each contract, the charterer is entitled to extend time charters from two to four months in order to complete the vessel's final voyage plus any time the vessel has been off-hire. The charterer of the Genco Titus has the option to extend the charter for a period of one year.

(2) Time charter rates presented are the gross daily charterhire rates before the payments of brokerage commissions ranging from 1.25% to 6.25% to third parties, except as indicated for the Genco Trader and the Genco Leader in note 8 below. In a time charter, the charterer is responsible for voyage expenses such as bunkers, port expenses, agents' fees and canal dues.

(3) For the vessels acquired with a below-market time charter rate, the approximate amount of revenue on a daily basis to be recognized as revenues is displayed in the column named "Revenue Daily Rate" and is net of any third- party commissions. Since these vessels were acquired with existing time charters with below-market rates, we allocated the purchase price between the respective vessel and an intangible liability for the value assigned to the below-market charterhire. This intangible liability is amortized as an increase to voyage revenues over the minimum remaining term of the charter. For cash flow purposes, we will continue to receive the rate presented in the "Cash Daily Rate" column until the charter expires.

(4) Dates for vessels being delivered in the future are estimates based on guidance received from the sellers and/or the respective shipyards.

(5) The charter includes a 50 percent index-based profit sharing component.

(6) Year built for vessels being delivered in the future are estimates based on guidance received from the sellers and/or the respective shipyards.

(7) The Genco Constantine is scheduled to be on charter with Cargill International S.A., for 54 to 62 months at a gross rate of $52,750 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The charter also includes a 50 percent index-based profit sharing component.

(8) For the Genco Leader and the Genco Trader, the time charter rate presented is the net daily charterhire rate. There are no payments of brokerage commissions associated with these time charters.

(9) We have entered into an agreement to sell the Genco Trader to SW Shipping Co., Ltd. for approximately $44 million, less a 2% brokerage commission. The delivery is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2008.

(10) We have entered into a time charter for 23 to 25 months at a rate of $33,000 per day for the first 11 months, $25,000 per day for the following 11 months and $29,000 per day thereafter, less a 5% third-party brokerage commission. For purposes of revenue recognition, the time charter contract is reflected on a straight-line basis at approximately $29,000 per day for 23 to 25 months in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or U.S. GAAP. The time charter, commenced following the expiration of the vessel's previous time charter on May 5, 2007.

(11) The Genco Predator is currently on charter with Intermare Transport GmbH at a gross rate of $22,500 per day. The charter is due to expire between February 2008 and March 2008.

(12) We intend to extend the time charter for an additional 35 to 37.5 months at a rate of $33,000 per day less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The new charter will commence following the expiration of the previous charter on March 1, 2008.

(13) We have reached an agreement to extend the time charter for an additional 35 to 37.5 months at a rate of $34,500 per day less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The new charter will commence following the expiration of the previous charter on March 1, 2008.

About Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. Genco Shipping & Trading Limited currently owns a fleet of 28 drybulk vessels consisting of four Capesize, seven Panamax, three Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with a carrying capacity of approximately 1,908,000 dwt. After the sale of the Genco Trader as well as the delivery of the five remaining Capesize vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group, Genco Shipping & Trading Limited will own a fleet of 32 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, six Panamax, three Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with a carrying capacity of approximately 2,700,000 dwt.

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking statements are based on management's current expectations and observations. Included among the factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking statements contained in this press release are (i) the fulfillment of the closing conditions under the Company's agreement to acquire the remaining five Metrostar drybulk vessels; (ii) increases in costs and expenses including but not limited to: crew wages, insurance, provisions, repairs, maintenance and general and administrative expenses; (iii) changes in the condition of the Company's vessels or applicable maintenance or regulatory standards (which may affect, among other things, our anticipated drydocking or maintenance and repair costs) and unanticipated drydock expenditures; and other factors listed from time to time in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and our reports on Form 8-K.

SOURCE Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

CONTACT:
John C. Wobensmith,
Chief Financial Officer,
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited,
+1-646-443-8555/

Web site: http://www.gencoshipping.com
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