SOURCE: Quintana Maritime Limited

December 21, 2006 16:05 ET

Quintana Maritime Limited Takes Delivery of Its Thirteenth Vessel From Metrobulk

ATHENS, GREECE -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 21, 2006 -- Quintana Maritime Limited (NASDAQ: QMAR) announced today that it took delivery of a Kamsarmax bulk carrier, Coal Hunter, from Tsuneishi, a Japanese shipyard. Coal Hunter has a carrying capacity of 82,300 deadweight tons (dwt) and is the eleventh of the fourteen Kamsarmax vessels the company has agreed to acquire from Metrobulk.

As previously announced, Coal Hunter, together with eight other vessels, is employed at an average daily rate of approximately $23,000 per day for 2007 under a master time charter with Bunge S.A. (NYSE: BG). Quintana Maritime has fixed the rates for all seventeen vessels it has acquired or has agreed to acquire from Metrobulk. The master charter agreement with Bunge S.A calls for annual renewals in early November every year between floor and ceiling rates, and lasts through the end of 2010. As a result of these fixtures, Quintana has secured almost 90% of its expected net operating days for 2007 under charters with fixed rates. Quintana believes it currently enjoys the highest time charter coverage amongst its public peers.

Stamatis Molaris, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quintana Maritime, commented, "We are pleased to take delivery within schedule of Coal Hunter, the thirteenth out of the seventeen vessels we have agreed to acquire from Metrobulk. This delivery is the last one in 2006, a year that saw our fleet expanding to 23 vessels from 10 vessels a year ago, positioning Quintana as one of the fastest-growing dry bulk Companies in the industry. We are looking forward to taking delivery of another five vessels over the first five months of 2007."

Fleet Table as of December 21, 2006

                                                              TC Expiration
CURRENT FLEET        Type        DWT    Year        Age       Date (minimum
                                        Built     (in yrs)        period)

Coal Hunter       Kamsarmax     82,300   2006        0.0     December 2010
Pascha            Kamsarmax     82,300   2006        0.0     December 2010
Coal Gypsy        Kamsarmax     82,300   2006        0.1     December 2010
Iron Anne         Kamsarmax     82,000   2006        0.2     December 2010
Iron Vassilis(A)  Kamsarmax     82,000   2006        0.4     December 2010
Iron Bill (ex.
 Iron Elisabeth)
 (A)              Kamsarmax     82,000   2006        0.6     December 2010
Santa Barbara     Kamsarmax     82,266   2006        0.7     December 2010
Ore Hansa         Kamsarmax     82,229   2006        0.8     December 2010
Iron Kalypso      Kamsarmax     82,204   2006        0.9     December 2010
Iron Fuzeyya(A)   Kamsarmax     82,229   2006        0.9     December 2010
Iron Bradyn(A)    Kamsarmax     82,769   2005        1.8     December 2010
Grain Harvester     Panamax     76,417   2004        2.3    September 2009
Grain Express       Panamax     76,466   2004        2.7     December 2010
Kirmar(B)          Capesize    165,500   2001        5.2  February 2007(C)
Iron Beauty(B)     Capesize    165,500   2001        5.4        April 2010
Coal Pride          Panamax     72,600   1999        7.1     February 2007
Iron Man (D)        Panamax     72,861   1997        9.5        March 2010
Coal Age (D)        Panamax     72,861   1997        9.5         June 2007
Fearless 1(D)       Panamax     73,427   1997        9.6        March 2008
Barbara (E)         Panamax     73,390   1997        9.9         June 2007
Linda Leah (E)      Panamax     73,390   1997        9.9         June 2008
King Coal           Panamax     72,873   1997       10.0        March 2008
Coal Glory (D)      Panamax     73,670   1995       11.8         June 2008

Total Current                                 4.2 years
 Fleet           23 Vessels  1,973,552           avg (F)

FLEET TO BE                                              Age (in   Delivery
 DELIVERED               Type        DWT     Year Built   years)      Range
Iron Knight             Panamax     76,429       2004     2.5        Jan 07
Iron Lindrew          Kamsarmax     82,300          *            Jan-Feb 07
Iron Brooke           Kamsarmax     82,300          *                Mar 07
Iron Miner             Capesize    177,000          *                Mar 07
Iron Manolis          Kamsarmax     82,300          *                May 07

Total Fleet to be
 Delivered            5 Vessels    500,329

TOTAL FLEET          28 Vessels  2,473,881
* Under Construction

(A), (B), (D), and (E) indicate sister ships. As of December 21, 2006 Quintana had four sets of sister ships, including the vessels recently acquired from Metrobulk. All seventeen ships that are part of the Metrobulk acquisition are sister ships. Sister ships indicate vessels of the same class made in the same shipyard. The sister-ship concept further enhances our operational flexibility and efficiency.

(C) Kirmar's charter may be extended by up to six months, until September 2007, at the current rate of $26,500 per day at the charterer's option.

(F) On a dwt weighted average


Quintana Maritime Limited, based in Greece, is an international provider of dry bulk cargo marine transportation services. As of today, the company owns and operates a fleet of 23 vessels, including 11 Kamsarmax bulkers, 10 Panamax size vessels and 2 Capesize vessels with a total carrying capacity of 1,973,552 dwt and an average age of 4.2 years on a dwt weighted average. It has also entered into agreements to acquire 4 additional vessels from Metrobulk, including 1 Panamax and 3 Kamsarmax bulkers with expected delivery between January and May 2007 and with an aggregate capacity of 323,329 dwt. In addition, Quintana has recently entered into an agreement to acquire 1 Capesize vessel of 177,000 dwt with expected delivery between March and April 2007. Once all acquisitions are completed, Quintana will have a fleet of 28 dry bulk vessels, including 3 Capesize vessels, 11 Panamax vessels and 14 Kamsarmax vessels with a total capacity of 2,473,881 dwt and an average age of 3.4 years on a dwt weighted average.

Forward Looking Statements

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. Such statements include comments regarding expected revenues and time charters. 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 which 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 vessels, 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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