SOURCE: Euroseas

EUROSEAS

September 26, 2011 09:00 ET

Euroseas Ltd. Announces the Acquisition of a Containership by Its Joint Venture, Euromar LLC

MAROUSSI, ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), an owner and operator of drybulk carriers, containerships and multipurpose vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced today that its joint venture company, Euromar LLC ("Euromar"), signed a memorandum of agreement to purchase the M/V TORGE S, a geared containership of 33,216 dwt and 2,450 twenty foot equivalent units (teu) built in 2003 in Japan. The vessel is expected to be delivered to Euromar in October 2011; it will be renamed EM ANDROS after its delivery.

On March 25, 2010, Euroseas entered into a Joint Venture with companies managed by Eton Park Capital Management and Rhône Capital, two recognized private investment firms to form Euromar a Marshall Islands limited liability company. Eton Park's investments are made through Paros Ltd., a Cayman Islands exempted company, and Rhône's investments are made through the Cayman Islands limited companies All Seas Investors I Ltd., All Seas Investors II Ltd., and the Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership All Seas Investors III LP. Pursuant to the terms of the Joint Venture, Euroseas would invest up to $25.0 million for a 14.28% interest in the Joint Venture, while Eton Park and Rhône would each invest up to $75.0 million for a 42.86% interest each in the Joint Venture, for a total of $175.0 million. Euroseas has contributed $15.0 million of its $25.0 million commitment to-date.

With the acquisition of M/V TORGE S, Euromar will have purchased eight geared containerships with an average age of approximately 7.9 years. As of September 26, 2011, Euromar's fleet profile is as follows:

Name Type Dwt TEU Year Built
EM ASTORIA Intermediate 35,600 2,788 2004
CMA CGM TELOPEA Intermediate 37,180 2,785 2007
MAERSK NAIROBI Intermediate 34,717 2,556 2001
EM ATHENS Intermediate 32,350 2,506 2000
EM CHIOS Intermediate 32,350 2,506 2000
TORGE S (to be renamed EM ANDROS) Intermediate 33,216 2,450 2003
EM SPETSES Handysize 23,400 1,740 2007
EM HYDRA Handysize 23,400 1,740 2005
Totals 8 252,213 19,071

(*) EM ANDROS is expected to be delivered in October 2011

About Euroseas Ltd.
Euroseas Ltd. was formed on May 5, 2005 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the ship owning interests of the Pittas family of Athens, Greece, which has been in the shipping business over the past 136 years. Euroseas trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker ESEA since January 31, 2007.

Euroseas operates in the dry cargo, drybulk and container shipping markets. Euroseas' operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2000 certified affiliated ship management company, which is responsible for the day-to-day commercial and technical management and operations of the vessels. Euroseas employs its vessels on spot and period charters and through pool arrangements.

The Company has a fleet of 16 vessels, including 4 Panamax drybulk carriers and 1 Handymax drybulk carrier, 3 Intermediate containership, 5 Handysize containerships, 2 Feeder containerships and a multipurpose dry cargo vessel. Euroseas' 5 drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 331,808 dwt, its 10 containerships have a cargo capacity of 17,787 teu and its multipurpose vessel has a cargo capacity of 22,568 dwt or 950 teu.

Forward - Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and the Company's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to changes in the demand for dry bulk carriers and containerships, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

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