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DryShips Inc. Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Third Quarter 2012

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ATHENS, GREECE -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), or the Company, an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., or Ocean Rig, of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Third Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights

•For the third quarter of 2012, the Company reported a net loss of $51.3 million, or $0.13 basic and diluted loss per share.

Included in the third quarter 2012 results are:

•Costs associated with the 10-year class survey for the Eirik Raude of $16.8 million, or $0.04 per share; •Non-cash write offs associated with the full repayment of the $1.04 billion senior secured credit facility totaling $18.3 million, or $0.05 per share; and •Non-cash mark-to-market gains on interest rate swaps totaling $3.7 million or $0.01 per share.

Excluding the above items, the Company's net results would have amounted to a net loss of $33.3 million, or $0.09 per share. (1)

The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $141.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $172.9 million for the third quarter of 2011. (2)

Recent Events

•Pursuant to Ocean Rig's previous announcements related to potential contract awards for the Ocean Rig Poseidon and Ocean Rig Athena, Ocean Rig has been awarded two three-year contracts for each rig for drilling in Angola from two different major international oil companies.

•On October 24, 2012, the Company entered into a secured credit facility with ABN AMRO, Korea Development Bank and Korea Trade Insurance Corporation, or KSURE, for a $107.7 million senior secured term loan facility to partially finance our tankers, Alicante, Mareta and Bordeira. The term of the facility is 6 years and the repayment profile is 12 years.

•As of September 30, 2012, the Company was not in compliance with certain loan-to-value ratios contained in certain of its original loan agreements under which a total of $157.3 million was outstanding as of that date. As a result, the Company may be required to prepay indebtedness or provide additional collateral to its lenders in the form of cash amounting to $77.2 million, in order to comply with these ratios.

•On September 27, 2012, we entered into supplemental agreements under our $518.8 million senior loan facilities and $110.0 million junior loan facilities, each dated March 31, 2006, as amended. Under these supplemental agreements, we agreed to pledge 7,800,000 common shares of Ocean Rig in favor of the lending syndicates in order to remedy the value maintenance clause shortfall.

•On September 20, 2012, Ocean Rig's wholly-owned subsidiary, Drill Rigs Holdings Inc., issued $800.0 million of aggregate principal amount of 6.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2017 offered in a private offering, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $782.0 million. Ocean Rig used a portion of the net proceeds of the sale of the notes to repay the full amount outstanding under its $1.04 billion senior secured credit facility.

•In July 2012, Ocean Rig formally commenced syndication of a $1.35 billion senior secured term loan facility to partially finance our drillship newbuilding hulls Ocean Rig Mylos, Ocean Rig Skyros and Ocean Rig Athena. This facility will be led by DNB and Nordea and is expected to have a commercial tranche and two export credit agency, or ECA, tranches. Ocean Rig has received conditional commitments for the commercial tranche and one of the ECA tranches, and expects to finalize this transaction during the first quarter of 2013.


(1) The net result is adjusted for the minority interests of 35% not owned by DryShips Inc. common stockholders.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure; please see later in this press release for a reconciliation to net income.

George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented:

"The shipping market continues to be severely depressed. Both tanker and drybulk spot charter rates have been at historic low levels -- well below cash breakeven rate -- for some time. Unfortunately this is coming at a time when our lucrative legacy charters continue to expire on a staggered basis. We have contract coverage of 33% and 22% of the calendar days for 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The deteriorating economic situation in Europe, together with BASEL III capital requirements, have led to a number of shipping banks with large portfolios to exit the sector. High profile restructurings and payment defaults have started to take their toll on the few remaining lenders. This comes at a time when we have significant capital expenditures to finance our drybulk and tanker newbuilding programs. The lack of liquidity is further exacerbated by falling assets values, which continued to decline during the quarter.

The optimization of our drybulk and tanker newbuilding programs is our top priority right now and we are in discussions with the shipyards in this respect to reduce and prolong our CAPEX program. We are in a challenging environment so these negotiations will be difficult and drawn out but we believe a win-win solution could be found.

Our shareholding in Ocean Rig UDW Inc. provides some flexibility in addressing the capital needs of our shipping segment. For example, we have recently pledged (and will continue to pledge) some of our Ocean Rig shares to our banks to remedy covenant breaches. We continue to be bullish about the prospects for Ocean Rig. The backlog currently stands at $4.5 billion over three years and provides Ocean Rig with substantial cash flow visibility and growth. Given strong industry fundamentals and the fact that there are very few ultra-deepwater units available in 2013, we expect to further increase our already substantial backlog by entering into long-term contracts for our two remaining units available in 2013. We continue to build on the Ocean Rig story and have positioned the company to build further on this strong platform to become the preferred contractor in the ultra-deepwater sector."

Financial Review: 2012 Third Quarter

The Company recorded a net loss of $51.3 million, or $0.13 basic and diluted loss per share, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, as compared to a net income of $25.0 million, or $0.07 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. Adjusted EBITDA was $141.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $172.9 million for the same period in 2011.(1)

For the drybulk carrier segment, net voyage revenues (voyage revenues minus voyage expenses) amounted to $41.1 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $85.5 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. For the offshore drilling segment, revenues from drilling contracts increased by $59.7 million to $285.7 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $226.0 million for the same period in 2011. For the tanker segment, net voyage revenues amounted to $9.0 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $3.3 million for the same period in 2011.

Total vessels', drilling rigs' and drillships' operating expenses and total depreciation and amortization increased to $181.1 million and $84.6 million, respectively, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $105.7 million and $71.0 million, respectively, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. Total general and administrative expenses increased to $35.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 from $28.4 million during the comparative period in 2011.

Interest and finance costs, net of interest income, amounted to $51.9 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to $36.0 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011.

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure; please see later in this press release for a reconciliation to net income.

Fleet List

The table below describes our fleet profile as of November 14, 2012:


Gross Year rate Redelivery Built DWT Type Per day Earliest Latest --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------Drybulk fleetCapesize:Mystic 2008 170,040 Capesize $52,310 Aug-18 Dec-18Robusto 2006 173,949 Capesize $26,000 Aug-14 Dec-14Cohiba 2006 174,234 Capesize $26,250 Oct-14 Feb-15Montecristo 2005 180,263 Capesize $23,500 May-14 Oct-14Flecha 2004 170,012 Capesize $55,000 Jul-18 Nov-18Manasota 2004 171,061 Capesize $30,000 Jan-18 Aug-18Partagas 2004 173,880 Capesize $10,000 Jun-13 Aug-13Alameda 2001 170,662 Capesize $27,500 Nov-15 Jan-16Capri 2001 172,579 Capesize $10,000 Nov-13 Mar-14Fakarava 2012 206,000 Capesize $25,000 Sept-15 Sept-15Panamax:Raraka 2012 76,037 Panamax $13,150 Feb-13 Apr-13Woolloomooloo 2012 76,064 Panamax $13,150 Jan-13 Mar-13Amalfi 2009 75,206 Panamax $39,750 Jul-13 Sep-13Rapallo 2009 75,123 Panamax Spot N/A N/ACatalina 2005 74,432 Panamax $40,000 Jun-13 Aug-13Majorca 2005 74,477 Panamax Spot N/A N/ALigari 2004 75,583 Panamax Spot N/A N/ASaldanha 2004 75,707 Panamax Spot N/A N/ASorrento 2004 76,633 Panamax $24,500 Aug-21 Dec-21Mendocino 2002 76,623 Panamax Spot N/A N/ABargara 2002 74,832 Panamax Spot N/A N/AOregon 2002 74,204 Panamax Spot N/A N/AEcola 2001 73,931 Panamax Spot N/A N/ASamatan 2001 74,823 Panamax Spot N/A N/ASonoma 2001 74,786 Panamax Spot N/A N/ACapitola 2001 74,816 Panamax Spot N/A N/ALevanto 2001 73,925 Panamax Spot N/A N/AMaganari 2001 75,941 Panamax Spot N/A N/ACoronado 2000 75,706 Panamax Spot N/A N/AMarbella 2000 72,561 Panamax Spot N/A N/ARedondo 2000 74,716 Panamax Spot N/A N/ATopeka 2000 74,716 Panamax $12,250 Dec-12 Feb-13Ocean Crystal 1999 73,688 Panamax Spot N/A N/AHelena 1999 73,744 Panamax Spot N/A N/ASupramax:Byron 2003 51,118 Supramax Spot N/A N/AGalveston 2002 51,201 Supramax Spot N/A N/A Gross Year rate Redelivery Built DWT Type Per day Earliest Latest --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------NewbuildingsNewbuilding VLOC #2 2013 206,000 Capesize Spot N/A N/ANewbuilding VLOC #3 2013 206,000 Capesize $21,500 Jan-20 Jan-27Newbuilding VLOC #4 2013 206,000 Capesize Spot N/A N/ANewbuilding VLOC #5 2014 206,000 Capesize Spot N/A N/ANewbuilding Capesize 1 2013 176,000 Capesize Spot N/A N/ANewbuilding Capesize 2 2013 176,000 Capesize Spot N/A N/ANewbuilding Ice -class Panamax 1 2014 75,900 Panamax Spot N/A N/ANewbuilding Ice -class Panamax 2 2014 75,900 Panamax Spot N/A N/ANewbuilding Ice -class Panamax 3 2014 75,900 Panamax Spot N/A N/ANewbuilding Ice -class Panamax 4 2014 75,900 Panamax Spot N/A N/ATanker fleetPetalidi 2012 158,300 Suezmax Spot N/A N/ALipari 2012 158,300 Suezmax Spot N/A N/AVilamoura 2011 158,300 Suezmax Spot N/A N/ACalida 2012 115,200 Aframax Spot N/A N/ASaga 2011 115,200 Aframax Spot N/A N/ADaytona 2011 115,200 Aframax Spot N/A N/ABelmar 2011 115,200 Aframax Spot N/A N/ANewbuildingsBlanca 2013 158,300 Suezmax Spot N/A N/ABordeira 2013 158,300 Suezmax Spot N/A N/AEsperona 2013 158,300 Suezmax Spot N/A N/AAlicante 2013 115,200 Aframax Spot N/A N/AMareta 2013 115,200 Aframax Spot N/A N/A




Drilling Rigs/Drillships:


Unit Year built Redelivery Operating area Backlog ($m) ----------- ----------- ---------------- ------------Leiv Eiriksson 2001 Q4 - 12 Falkland Islands $17Leiv Eiriksson 2001 Q1 - 16 North Sea $653Eirik Raude 2002 Q1 - 13 West Africa $75Ocean Rig Corcovado 2011 Q2 - 15 Brazil $420Ocean Rig Olympia 2011 Q3 - 15 Angola $580Ocean Rig Poseidon 2011 Q2 - 13 Africa $85Ocean Rig Poseidon 2011 Q2 - 16 Angola $781Ocean Rig Mykonos 2011 Q1 - 15 Brazil $390NewbuildingsOcean Rig Mylos 2013 Q3 - 16 Brazil $677Ocean Rig Skyros 2013 N/A N/A N/AOcean Rig Athena 2013 Q1 - 17 Angola $745Newbuilding TBN 2015 N/A N/A N/A ------------ Total $4,423 ------------




Drybulk Carrier and Tanker Segment Summary Operating Data (unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except average daily results)


Drybulk Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, --------------------- --------------------- 2011 2012 2011 2012 ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Average number of vessels(1) 35.2 35.2 35.7 35.6Total voyage days for vessels(2) 3,197 3,233 9,619 9,715Total calendar days for vessels(3) 3,240 3,241 9,743 9,744Fleet utilization(4) 98.7% 99.8% 98.7% 99.7%Time charter equivalent(5) $26,732 $12,727 $27,412 $17,719Vessel operating expenses (daily)(6) $5,844 $5,248 $6,020 $5,405Tanker Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, --------------------- --------------------- 2011 2012 2011 2012 ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Average number of vessels(1) 3.0 7.0 2.21 6.0Total voyage days for vessels(2) 276 644 602 1,649Total calendar days for vessels(3) 276 644 602 1,649Fleet utilization(4) 100% 100% 100% 100%Time charter equivalent(5) $11,880 13,978 $14,081 $14,959Vessel operating expenses (daily)(6) $7,725 6,205 $10,169 $7,357




(1) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was a part of our fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.
(2) Total voyage days for fleet are the total days the vessels were in our possession for the relevant period net of off hire days.
(3) Calendar days are the total number of days the vessels were in our possession for the relevant period including off hire days.
(4) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating voyage days, and is determined by dividing voyage days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.
(5) Time charter equivalent, or TCE, is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. Our method of calculating TCE is consistent with industry standards and is determined by dividing voyage revenues (net of voyage expenses) by voyage days for the relevant time period. Voyage expenses primarily consist of port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage, which would otherwise be paid by the charterer under a time charter contract, as well as commissions. TCE revenues, a non-U.S. GAAP measure, provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with revenues from our vessels, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure, because it assists our management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of its vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. TCE is also a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company's performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods. Please see below for a reconciliation of TCE rates to voyage revenues.
(6) Daily vessel operating expenses, which includes crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricating oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs is calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period.

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except for TCE rate, which is expressed in Dollars, and voyage days)


Drybulk Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, --------------------- --------------------- 2011 2012 2011 2012 ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Voyage revenues $88,613 $46,881 $278,741 $186,388Voyage expenses (3,150) (5,733) (15,062) (14,244) ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Time charter equivalent revenues $85,463 $41,148 $263,679 $172,144 ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Total voyage days for fleet 3,197 3,233 9,619 9,715Time charter equivalent (TCE) rate $26,732 $12,727 $27,412 $17,719Tanker Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, --------------------- --------------------- 2011 2012 2011 2012 ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Voyage revenues $3,400 $11,096 $8,748 $28,733Voyage expenses (121) (2,094) (271) (4,066) ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Time charter equivalent revenues $3,279 $9,002 $8,477 $24,667 ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Total voyage days for fleet 276 644 602 1,649Time charter equivalent (TCE) rate $11,880 $13,978 $14,081 $14,959 Dryships Inc. Financial Statements Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended data) September 30, September 30, -------------------------- -------------------------- 2011 2012 2011 2012 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------REVENUES:Voyage revenues $ 92,013 $ 57,977 $ 287,489 $ 215,121Revenues from drilling contracts 226,036 285,662 461,991 712,152 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ 318,049 343,639 749,480 927,273EXPENSES:Voyage expenses 3,271 7,827 15,333 18,310Vessel operating expenses 21,066 21,006 64,772 64,802Drilling rigs operating expenses 84,639 160,098 188,777 390,490Depreciation and amortization 70,980 84,580 192,001 250,615Vessel impairments and other, net 1,893 38 89,637 1,001General and administrative expenses 28,422 35,331 86,592 106,475Legal settlements and other - (1,842) - (3,448) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------Operating income 107,778 36,601 112,368 99,028OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSES):Interest and finance costs, net of interest income (35,985) (51,923) (80,646) (152,468)Loss on interest rate swaps (31,466) (27,777) (71,242) (49,491)Other, net 3,777 (1,177) 7,588 1,399Income taxes (7,778) (10,975) (17,556) (32,603) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------Total other expenses (71,452) (91,852) (161,856) (233,163) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------Net income/(loss) 36,326 (55,251) (49,488) (134,135)Net income/ (loss) attributable to Non controlling interests (11,300) 3,980 (13,811) 17,207 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------Net income/(loss) attributable to Dryships Inc. $ 25,026 $ (51,271) $ (63,299) $ (116,928) ============ ============ ============ ============Earnings/(Loss) per common share, basic and diluted $ 0.07 $ (0.13) $ (0.19) $ (0.31)Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted 355,764,523 380,152,244 348,286,721 380,152,244 Dryships Inc. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars) December 31, 2011 September 30, 2012 ----------------- ------------------ASSETS Cash and restricted cash (current and non-current) $ 656,709 $ 986,794 Other current assets 246,169 303,520 Advances for vessels and rigs under construction and acquisitions 1,027,889 1,025,520 Vessels, net 1,956,270 2,087,628 Drilling rigs, drillships, machinery and equipment, net 4,587,916 4,486,096 Other non-current assets 146,736 119,421 ----------------- ------------------ Total assets 8,621,689 9,008,979 ================= ==================LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Total debt 4,241,835 4,453,519 Total other liabilities 441,192 535,938 Total stockholders' equity 3,938,662 4,019,522 ----------------- ------------------ Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 8,621,689 $ 9,008,979 ================= ==================




Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, vessel impairments, dry-dockings and class survey costs and gains or losses on interest rate swaps. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which the Company measures its operations and efficiency. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by our lenders as a measure of our compliance with certain covenants contained in our loan agreements and because the Company believes that it presents useful information to investors regarding a company's ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

The following table reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA:


Three Three Months Months Nine Months Nine Months(Dollars in thousands) Ended Ended Ended Ended September September September September 30, 2011 30, 2012 30, 2011 30, 2012 ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------Net income/(loss) $ 25,026 (51,271) (63,299) $ (116,928)Add: Net interest expense 35,985 51,923 80,646 152,468Add: Depreciation and amortization 70,980 84,580 192,001 250,615Add: Impairment losses - - 112,104 -Add: Dry-dockings and class survey costs 1,700 17,033 21,412 22,763Add: Income taxes 7,778 10,975 17,556 32,603Add: Loss on interest rate swaps 31,466 27,777 71,242 49,491 ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------Adjusted EBITDA $ 172,935 141,017 431,662 $ 391,012 =========== =========== =========== ===========




Conference Call and Webcast: November 15, 2012

As announced, the Company's management team will host a conference call, on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time to discuss the Company's financial results.

Conference Call Details

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1(866) 819-7111 (from the US), 0(800) 953-0329 (from the UK) or +(44) (0) 1452 542 301 (from outside the US). Please quote "DryShips."

A replay of the conference call will be available until November 22, 2012. The United States replay number is 1(866) 247- 4222; from the UK 0(800) 953-1533; the standard international replay number is (+44) (0) 1452 55 00 00 and the access code required for the replay is: 2133051#.

A replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company's website at www.dryships.com under the Investor Relations section.

Slides and Audio Webcast

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the Internet, through the DryShips Inc. website (www.dryships.com). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

About DryShips Inc.

DryShips Inc. is an owner of drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. Through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., DryShips owns and operates 10 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 8 ultra deepwater drillships, 3 of which remain to be delivered to Ocean Rig during 2013 and 1 is scheduled for delivery during 2015. DryShips owns a fleet of 46 drybulk carriers (including newbuildings), comprising 12 Capesize, 28 Panamax, 2 Supramax and 4 newbuilding Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) with a combined deadweight tonnage of approximately 5.1 million tons, and 12 tankers (including newbuildings), comprising 6 Suezmax and 6 Aframax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 1.6 million tons.

DryShips' common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market where it trades under the symbol "DRYS."

Visit the Company's website at www.dryships.com

Forward-Looking Statement

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 we believe 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, we 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 charterhire and drilling dayrates and drybulk vessel, drilling rig and drillship values, failure of a seller to deliver one or more drilling rigs, drillships or drybulk vessels, failure of a buyer to accept delivery of a drilling rig, drillship, or vessel, inability to procure acquisition financing, default by one or more charterers of our ships, changes in demand for drybulk commodities or oil, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers and customer drilling programs, scheduled and unscheduled drydockings and upgrades, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations 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 DryShips Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.



Investor Relations / Media:
Nicolas Bornozis
Capital Link, Inc. (New York)
Tel. 212-661-7566
E-mail: dryships@capitallink.com