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Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Takes Delivery of Capesize Newbuilding

Sep 21, 2009
Genco Maximus Commences Time Charter
NEW YORK, Sept 21, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) today announced that it has taken delivery of the Genco Maximus, a 169,025 dwt Capesize newbuilding. The Genco Maximus is the eighth vessel to be delivered to the Company under Genco's previously announced agreement on July 18, 2007 to acquire nine Capesize vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group.

The Genco Maximus was delivered to its charterer, Cargill International S.A., on September 19, 2009 to commence a time charter for 3 to 4.5 months at a rate of $31,750 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. Currently, Genco has approximately 67% of its fleet's estimated available days secured on contracts for the remainder of 2009 and 44% for 2010.

The remaining balance of $95.3 million for the Genco Maximus was funded by a $69.7 million drawdown under Genco's amended 10-year, $1.4 billion revolving credit facility and $25.6 million from cash from operations. The Company expects the delivery of one additional newbuilding vessel by the end of 2009 and intends to utilize cash flow from operations to fund this acquisition.

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:

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

    Capesize
     Vessels

    Genco      2007   Cargill           December
     Augustus          International       2009     45,263    62,750        -
                       S.A.
    Genco      2007   Cargill            January
     Tiberius          International       2010     45,263    62,750        -
                       S.A.
    Genco      2007   SK Shipping         August
     London            Co., Ltd.           2010     57,500    64,250        -
    Genco      2007   Cargill           September
     Titus             International       2011     45,000(5) 46,250        -
                       S.A.
    Genco      2008   Cargill             August
     Constantine       International       2012     52,750(5)               -
                       S.A.
    Genco      2008   Cargill            October
     Hadrian           International       2012     65,000(5)               -
                       S.A.
    Genco      2009   Morgan Stanley       June
    Commodus           Capital             2011     36,000                  -
                       Group Inc.
    Genco      2009    Cargill            December
     Maximus           International       2009     31,750                  -
                       S.A.
    Genco      2009   To Be
     Claudius   (6)    Determined           TBD        TBD            Q4 2009
                       ("TBD")

    Panamax
     Vessels
    Genco      1999   Cargill            October
     Beauty            International       2009     15,000(7)               -
                       S.A.
    Genco   1999      Swissmarine        October
     Knight            Services            2009     16,500(8)               -
                       S.A.
    Genco   1999      Baumarine AS       November
     Leader                                2009     20,742(9)               -
    Genco   1999      C Transport        October
     Vigour            Panamax Ltd.        2009     20,000(10)              -
    Genco   1999      Global               July
     Acheron           Chartering          2011     55,250                  -
                       Ltd. (a
                       subsidiary of
                       ArcelorMittal
                       Group)
    Genco   1998      Hanjin Shipping     December
     Surprise          Co., Ltd.           2010     42,100                  -
    Genco   2007      COSCO Bulk
     Raptor            Carriers            April
                       Co., Ltd.           2012     52,800                  -
    Genco   2007      Baumarine AS/  Dec 09/Apr 10  20,079/20,000(11)       -
     Thunder           Klaveness
                       Chartering

    Supramax
     Vessels
    Genco   2005      Bulkhandling       October
    Predator           Handymax            2009       Spot(12)              -
                       A/S
    Genco   2005      Hyundai Merchant   November
     Warrior           Marine Co. Ltd.     2010     38,750                  -
    Genco   2007      Pacific Basin      October
     Hunter            Chartering Ltd.     2009     16,000(13)              -
    Genco   2007      Clipper Bulk       November
     Cavalier          Shipping NV         2009     16,750(14)              -

    Handymax
     Vessels
    Genco   1997      Korea Line        February
    Success            Corporation         2011     33,000(15)              -
    Genco   1998      Louis Dreyfus       March
     Carrier           Corporation         2011     37,000                  -
    Genco   1997      Pacific Basin       June
     Prosperity        Chartering Ltd.     2011     37,000                  -
    Genco   1997      Hyundai Merchant  February
     Wisdom            Marine Co. Ltd.     2011     34,500                  -
    Genco   1996       STX Pan Ocean Co. October
     Marine            Ltd.                2009     13,750(16)              -
    Genco   2001      Global Maritime   November
     Muse              Investments Ltd.    2009     15,000(17)              -
    Handysize
     Vessels
    Genco   1999      Lauritzen Bulkers  December
     Explorer          A/S                 2009       Spot(18)              -
    Genco   1999      Lauritzen Bulkers  December
     Pioneer           A/S                 2009       Spot(18)              -
    Genco   1999      Lauritzen Bulkers  December
     Progress          A/S                 2009       Spot(18)              -
    Genco  1999       Lauritzen Bulkers  September
     Reliance          A/S                 2010       Spot(18)              -
    Genco  1998       Lauritzen Bulkers September
     Sugar             A/S                 2010       Spot(18)              -
    Genco  2005       Pacific Basin      November
     Charger           Chartering Ltd.     2010     24,000                  -
    Genco  2003       Pacific Basin      November
     Challenger        Chartering Ltd.     2010     24,000                  -
    Genco  2006       Pacific Basin      December
     Champion          Chartering Ltd.     2010     24,000                  -


(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, Genco Constantine, and Genco Hadrian under the terms of each contract, the charterer is entitled to extend the 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 and Genco Hadrian has the option to extend the charter for a period of one year. The Genco Constantine has the option to extend the charter for a period of eight months.

(2) Time charter rates presented are the gross daily charterhire rates before third-party commissions ranging from 1.25% to 6.25%. 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 "Net 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 vessels 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) These charters include a 50% index-based profit sharing component above the respective base rates listed in the table. The profit sharing between the charterer and us for each 15-day period is calculated by taking the average over that period of the published Baltic Cape Index of the four time charter routes, as reflected in daily reports. If such average is more than the base rate payable under the charter, the excess amount is allocable 50% to each of the charterer and us. A third-party brokerage commission of 3.75% based on the profit sharing amount due to us is payable out of our share.

(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) We reached an agreement to extend the time charter for an additional 3 to 5.5 months at a rate of $15,000 per day. The extended time charter commenced following the expiration of the current time charter on May 22, 2009.

(8) We have entered into a short-term time charter for approximately 3 to 5.5 months at a rate of $16,500 per day, less a 5% third-party commission. The vessel entered into the time charter following the completion of its previous time charter with SK Shipping Ltd. on June 1, 2009.

(9) We reached an agreement to enter the vessel into the Baumarine Pool with an option to convert the balance period of the charter party to a fixed rate, but only after June 1, 2009. We exercised the option to convert the balance period of the charter party to a fixed rate on June 3, 2009 at a gross rate of $20,742 per day.

(10) We have reached an agreement to charter the vessel for 3.5 to 6 months at a rate of $20,000 per day less a 5% third-party commission which commenced on July 10, 2009.

(11) We have reached an agreement to charter the vessel for 3.5 to 6 months at a rate of $20,000 per day, less a 5% third-party commission. The vessel is expected to enter into the time charter following the completion of its previous time charter on December 15, 2009.

(12) We entered the vessel into the Bulkhandling Handymax Pool with an option to convert the balance period of the charter party to a fixed rate, but only after January 1, 2009. In addition to a 1.25% third-party brokerage commission, the charter party calls for a management fee.

(13) We have reached an agreement to enter into a time charter the vessel for 3 to 5 months at a rate of $16,000 per day less a 5% third-party commission which commenced on June 24, 2009.

(14) We have reached an agreement to extend the time charter for approximately 3 to 5.5 months at a rate of $16,750 per day, less a 5% third-party commission. The new time charter will commence following the expiration of the existing time charter on or about August 24, 2009.

(15) We extended the time charter for an additional 35 to 37.5 months at a rate of $40,000 per day for the first 12 months, $33,000 per day for the following 12 months, $26,000 per day for the next 12 months and $33,000 per day thereafter less a 5% third-party commission. In all cases, the rate for the duration of the time charter will average $33,000 per day. For purposes of revenue recognition, the time charter contract is reflected on a straight-line basis at approximately $33,000 per day for 35 to 37.5 months in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

(16) We have entered into a short-term time charter for approximately 3 to 5 months at a rate of $13,750 per day, less a 5% third-party commission. The vessel entered into the time charter following the completion of its previous time charter on July 6, 2009.

(17) We have reached an agreement to extend the time charter for approximately 3 to 4.5 months. The new time charter will commence following the expiration of the existing time charter on or about August 7, 2009.

(18) We have reached an agreement to enter these vessels into a spot pool managed by Lauritzen Bulkers beginning at the expiration of their current time charters in August 2009. Under the pool agreement, we can withdraw up to three vessels with three months' notice until December 31, 2009 and the remaining two vessels with 12 months' notice. After December 31, 2009, we can withdraw up to two vessels with three months' notice and the remaining three vessels with 12 months' notice.

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 34 drybulk vessels consisting of eight Capesize, eight Panamax, four Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 2,734,000 dwt. After the expected delivery of one additional vessel the Company has agreed to acquire, Genco Shipping & Trading Limited will own a fleet of 35 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, four Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 2,905,000 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 include, without limitation, statements with respect to the commencement of time charters and expected delivery dates of newbuildings and 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 the following: (i) changes in demand or rates in the drybulk shipping industry; (ii) changes in the supply of or demand for drybulk products, generally or in particular regions; (iii) changes in the supply of drybulk carriers including newbuilding of vessels or lower than anticipated scrapping of older vessels; (iv) changes in rules and regulations applicable to the cargo industry, including, without limitation, legislation adopted by international organizations or by individual countries and actions taken by regulatory authorities; (v) increases in costs and expenses including but not limited to: crew wages, insurance, provisions, repairs, maintenance and general and administrative expenses; (vi) the adequacy of our insurance arrangements; (vii) changes in general domestic and international political conditions; (viii) 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; (ix) the number of offhire days needed to complete repairs on vessels and the timing and amount of any reimbursement by our insurance carriers for insurance claims including offhire days; (x) the Company's acquisition or disposition of vessels; (xi) the fulfillment of the closing conditions under, or the execution of customary additional documentation for, the Company's agreement to acquire one drybulk vessel; (xii) the results of the investigation into the incident involving the collision of the Genco Hunter, the possible cause of and liability for such incident, and the scope of insurance coverage available to Genco for such incident; (xiii) the Company's ability to collect amounts due from and the outcome of its pending claim against Samsun Logix Corporation with respect to the terminated charter for the Genco Cavalier; (xiv) the Company's ability to collect on any damage claim for the recent collision involving the Genco Cavalier; (xv) the completion of definitive documentation with respect to time charters; and other factors listed from time to time under "Risk Factors" and other sections of our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and its subsequently filed reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.

SOURCE Genco Shipping & Trading Limited