SOURCE: TOP Ships Inc.

TOP Ships Inc.

January 11, 2010 08:30 ET

TOP Ships Announces Development Related to the Charters of the "IONIAN WAVE" and "TYRRHENIAN WAVE"

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - TOP Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) announced today that it has received from the bareboat charterer of the M/T's "IONIAN WAVE" and "TYRRHENIAN WAVE," a reduced charterhire rate of $10,000 per day, rather than the $14,300 per day on a bareboat basis that is set forth in the charter agreement. As a result, TOP Ships Inc. believes that such charterer is in breach of the charter. TOP Ships Inc. is examining this unilateral reduction and intends to take all necessary steps to recover the amounts owed.

About TOP Ships Inc.

TOP Ships Inc., formerly known as TOP Tankers Inc., is an international provider of worldwide seaborne crude oil and petroleum products and drybulk transportation services. The Company operates a combined tanker and drybulk fleet as follows:

--  A fleet of eight double-hull Handymax tankers and an average age of
    2.8 years with a total carrying capacity of approximately 0.4 million dwt,
    of which 76% are sister ships. Two of the Company's Handymaxes are on time
    charter contracts with an average term of 7 months with both of the time
    charters including profit sharing agreements above their base rates. Six of
    the Company's Handymax tankers are fixed on a bareboat charter basis with
    an average term of 8.3 years.
--  A fleet of five drybulk vessels with a total carrying capacity of
    approximately 0.3 million dwt and an average age of 8.7 years, of which 47%
    are sister ships. All of the Company's drybulk vessels have fixed rate
    employment contracts for an average period of 26 months.

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements 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 Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect" "pending" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our 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 we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other 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 fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, failure of a seller to deliver one or more vessels or of a buyer to accept delivery of one or more vessels, inability to procure acquisition financing, default by one or more charterers of our ships, changes in the demand for crude oil and petroleum products, changes in demand for dry bulk shipping capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Investor Relations / Media:
    Ramnique Grewal
    Vice President
    Capital Link, Inc.
    230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
    New York, N.Y. 10169
    Tel.: (212) 661-7566
    Fax: (212) 661-7526

    Alexandros Tsirikos
    Chief Financial Officer
    TOP Ships Inc.
    1, Vassilissis Sofias Str. & Meg.
    Alexandrou Str.
    151 24, Maroussi, Greece
    Tel: +30 210 812 8180