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Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Takes Delivery of Handysize Newbuilding

Jul 26, 2010

Genco Ocean Commences Long-Term Time Charter

NEW YORK, July 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) today announced that it has taken delivery of the Genco Ocean, a 35,000 dwt Handysize newbuilding. The Genco Ocean is the first of five vessels to be delivered to the Company under Genco's agreement previously announced on June 9, 2010 to acquire five Handysize vessels from companies within the Metrostar group of companies.

The Genco Ocean is expected to be delivered to its charterer, Cargill International S.A., on or about July 28, 2010 to commence a time charter for 35 to 37 months. The rate for the time charter will be linked to the Baltic Handysize Index (BHSI), incorporating a floor of $8,500 and a ceiling of $13,500 daily, with a 50% profit sharing arrangement to apply to any amount above the ceiling. The rate will be based on 115% of the average of the daily rates of the BHSI, as reflected in daily reports. Hire will be paid every 15 days in advance, net of a 5.00% third party brokerage commission.

The Company used its available cash to pay the remaining balance of $29.9 million for the Genco Ocean. On July 14, 2010, the Company entered into a commitment letter for a $100 million secured term loan facility and, upon the closing of this credit facility, intends to use the credit facility to refund $20 million associated with the purchase of this vessel to the Company.

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 currently owns a fleet of 36 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, four Supramax, six Handymax and nine Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 2,938,000 dwt. After the expected delivery of four Handysize vessels and thirteen Supramax vessels that Genco has agreed to acquire and retain, Genco will own a fleet of 53 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, seventeen Supramax, six Handymax, and thirteen Handysize vessels with a total carrying capacity of approximately 3,813,000 dwt. References to Genco's vessels and fleet in this press release exclude vessels owned by Baltic Trading Limited, a subsidiary of Genco.

"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, and include, without limitation, the expected delivery of the Genco Ocean to its charterer and the amounts expected to be received under the charter, Genco's intentions to refund a portion of the vessel's purchase price using the credit facility mentioned above, and expected deliveries of additional vessels, . These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including the fulfillment of the closing conditions under, or the execution of customary additional documentation for, Genco's agreements to acquire vessels; completion and funding of financing on acceptable terms; and completion of definitive documentation for the $100 million secured term loan facility referenced above. Should one or more of those risks materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in Genco's filings with the SEC, including, without limitation, the "Risk Factors" section in each of the preliminary prospectus supplements and related prospectus relating to our offerings, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and our subsequent filings with the SEC.

SOURCE Genco Shipping & Trading Limited