SOURCE: Omega Navigation

April 26, 2007 10:14 ET

Omega Navigation Enterprises Takes delivery of Its Eight Vessel a New Building Ice Class 1A Panamax Product Tanker

PIRAEUS, GREECE -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2007 -- Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONAV) (SGX: ONAV50), a provider of global marine transportation services focusing on product tankers, announced today that it has taken delivery from STX Shipbuilding Co., South Korea, of the "Omega Theodore" a new building Ice Class 1A Panamax double hull product tanker with a capacity of 73,000 dwt.

As previously announced, Omega Navigation has secured employment for the "Omega Theodore" under a three year time charter with ST Shipping & Transport PTE, a subsidiary of Glencore International, at a daily rate of $ 25,500, including profit sharing arrangements, pursuant to which earnings from the vessel in excess of $ 25,500 per day will be divided equally between Omega Navigation and ST Shipping. This sharing ratio will be adjusted when the vessel trades in ice conditions, so that during such trading conditions the profit sharing above the base rate of $25,500 per day between Omega Navigation and ST Shipping will be 65% and 35%, respectively.

The three year charter on the "Omega Theodore" will commence after three voyages from delivery from the shipyard or after vetting approvals by two oil majors have been secured, whichever is earlier and which we refer to as the initial period. During this period, the vessel will be employed by ST Shipping under a short-term time charter on the basis of commercial management. Omega Navigation has selected V. Ships as the vessel's technical manager.

Omega Navigation has entered into time charters for 100% of the operating days of its fleet during 2007, following the completion of the initial period, and 2008.

George Kassiotis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Omega Navigation, commented, "We are pleased to have taken delivery of the "Omega Theodore", the second of two newbuilding ice class 1A Panamax product tankers we have agreed to acquire. The delivery of the "Omega Theodore", will allow us to trade in ice conditions, thereby further diversifying our trade routes and providing us with new operational capabilities. Furthermore, the employment of "Omega Theodore" under a three year charter with profit sharing is expected to enhance our profitability while at the same time reinforcing the execution of our dividend distribution policy."

Fleet Profile and Employment:

The table below describes the profile and employment of the Company's fleet:

                                Dead                     Daily
                Sister   Year  weight           Delivery  Hire        Re-
Vessel          Ship(1) Built   (dwt)    Type     Date   Rate(2)   delivery
--------------  ------- -----  ------  --------- ------ -------     ------
Panamax Product Tankers
--------------  ------- -----  ------  --------- ------ -------     ------
Omega Queen        A     2004  74,999  LR1       May-06 $26,500 (3) May-09
Omega King         A     2004  74,999  LR1       Jun-06 $26,500 (3) Jun-09
                                       LR1 – Ice
Omega Lady Sarah   C     2004  71,500  Class 1C  Jun-06 $24,000 (4) Jun-09
                                       LR1 – Ice
Omega Lady Miriam  C     2003  71,500  Class 1C  Aug-06 $24,000 (4) Jul-09
                                       LR1 – Ice                    Apr -
Omega Emmanuel     D     2007  73,000  Class 1A  Mar-07 $25,500 (6) Jun-10
                                       LR1 – Ice
Omega Theodore     D     2007  73,000  Class 1A  Apr-07 $25,500 (6) Apr-10
--------------  ------- -----  ------  --------- ------ -------     ------

Handymax Product Tankers
--------------  ------- -----  ------  --------- ------ -------     ------
Omega Prince       B     2006  36,680  Class 1A  Jun-06 $21,000 (5) Jun-09
Omega Princess     B     2006  36,680  Class 1A  Jul-06 $21,000 (5) Jun-09
--------------  ------- -----  ------  --------- ------ -------     ------
TOTAL (DWT):                  512,358

Additional Vessels on Option
--------------  ------- -----  ------  --------- ------ -------     ------
                                       LR1 – Ice
Panamax TBN 3      D     2007  73,000  Class 1A  Sep-07
                                       LR1 – Ice
Panamax TBN 4      D     2007  73,000  Class 1A  Oct-07
--------------  ------- -----  ------  --------- ------ -------     ------
Total (DWT):                  146,000

(1) Each vessel is a sister ship of each other vessel that has the
    same letter.
(2) This table shows gross charter rates and does not include brokers'
    commissions, which are 1.25% of the daily time charter rate.
(3) The Company has granted Torm the option to extend the charter for
    24 months at a minimum daily time charter hire rate of $28,500.
(4) Plus any additional income under profit sharing provisions of the
    Company's charter agreement.
(5) Plus any additional income under profit sharing provisions of the
    charter agreements with D/S Norden A/S. The Company has granted the
    charterers the option to extend the charter for 12 months at a
    minimum daily time charter hire rate of $24,000.
(6) Plus any additional income under profit sharing arrangements, according
    to which charter earnings in excess of $ 25,500 per day will be divided
    equally between Omega Navigation and ST Shipping. When the vessels
    trade in ice conditions, the profit sharing between Omega Navigation
    and ST Shipping is 65/35% respectively.
About Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc.

Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc. is an international provider of global marine transportation services through the ownership and operation of eight double hull product tankers. The current fleet includes eight double hull product tankers with a carrying capacity of 512,358 dwt. These eight product tankers are chartered out under three-year period time charters. The Company also has options to acquire two additional double hull Ice Class 1A Panamax product carriers currently under construction at STX Shipbuilding in South Korea which are expected to be available for delivery between August and September 2007.

The Company was incorporated in the Marshall Islands in February 2005. Its principal executive offices are located in Piraeus, Greece and it also maintains an office in the United States.

Omega Navigation's Class A common shares are traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol "ONAV" and are also listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited under the symbol "ONAV 50".

Cautionary Statement Regarding 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," "except," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "will," "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, the Company's management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company's records and other data available from third parties. Although the Company believes 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 the Company's control, the Company cannot assure you that the Company will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors other important factors that, in the Company's 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, changes in demand for product tanker and dry bulk shipping capacity, changes in the Company's operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for the Company's 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 the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

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