SOURCE: DryShips Inc.

DryShips Inc.

October 04, 2010 09:30 ET

Amended Letter of Award for Drilling Contract

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - October 4, 2010) -  DryShips Inc. (the "Company" or "DryShips") (NASDAQ: DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced today that its fully-owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW Inc. has secured an additional 60 days of employment by amending the previously announced Letter of Award with an American exploration company.

Mr. George Economou, Chairman and CEO of DryShips Inc. and interim CEO of Ocean Rig UDW Inc., said:

"We are pleased to secure an additional well in the previously-disclosed employment for one of our first two drillships that will be delivered from Samsung during the first quarter 2011. We continue to see strong interest for our state of the art sixth generation drillships operated by our experienced ultra-deepwater operator Ocean Rig."

About DryShips

DryShips Inc., based in Greece, is an owner and operator of drybulk carriers and offshore oil deep water drilling units that operate worldwide. As of the day of this release, DryShips owns a fleet of 39 drybulk carriers (including newbuildings), comprising 7 Capesize, 30 Panamax and 2 Supramax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 3.5 million tons and 6 offshore oil deep water drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deep water semisubmersible drilling rigs and 4 ultra deep water newbuilding drillships.

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

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Contact Information

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    Tel. 212-661-7566