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Euroseas Ltd. Announces New Charter for One Of Its Vessels, M/V “EM Spetses”

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ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA, the “Company” or “Euroseas”), an owner and operator of container vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, announced today a new time charter contract for its container vessel M/V “EM Spetses”.

Specifically, M/V “EM Spetses”, a 1,740 TEU vessel built in 2007, entered into a new time charter contract for a period between a minimum of thirty-six (36) and a maximum of forty (40) months at the option of the charterer, at a gross daily rate of $29,500. The new rate will commence on August 5, 2021 when the vessel is redelivered from its current charterer.

Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas commented: “We are pleased to announce the new charter for our vessel, M/V “EM Spetses”, for about three years at a rate about three and a half times the level of its current employment. EM Spetses’ new daily rate of $29,500 is the second highest rate earned by a vessel in our fleet and, notably, by one of our smallest vessels. This fixture follows the fixture of our M/V “EM Hydra”, a sister vessel of M/V “EM Spetses” built in 2005, that was fixed about three months ago for an approximately two-year long charter at a gross daily rate of $20,000 indicating how strongly the market has risen in the span of just three months. This new charter will secure us with a minimum of $31 million of contracted revenues and have a minimum EBITDA contribution of approximately $24 million. At the same time, Euroseas is well positioned to take advantage of a further rising market with four more ships, about 30% of our fleet on-the-water, which are expected to open up till the end of the year.”

Fleet Profile:

The Euroseas Ltd. fleet profile is as follows:

Name

Type

Dwt

TEU

Year
Built

Employment(*)

TCE Rate ($/day)


Container Carriers

AKINADA BRIDGE (*)

Intermediate

71,366

5,610

2001

TC until Oct-21
plus 10-12
months option

$17,250; option
$20,000

SYNERGY BUSAN (+)

Intermediate

50,726

4,253

2009

TC until Aug-21 /
TC until Aug-24

$12,000
$25,000

SYNERGY ANTWERP (*)

Intermediate

50,726

4,253

2008

TC until Sep-23

$18,000

SYNERGY OAKLAND (*)

Intermediate

50,787

4,253

2009

TC until Jun-21

CONTEX(1) 4,250
less 10% i.e.
$64,660 from of
7/22/21 until
10/22/21

SYNERGY KEELUNG (+)

Intermediate

50,969

4,253

2009

TC until Jun-22
plus 8- 12
months option

$10,000 until Jun-
21; $11,750 until
Jun-22; option
$14,500

EM KEA (*)

Feeder

42,165

3,100

2007

TC until May-23

$22,000

EM ASTORIA (+)

Feeder

35,600

2,788

2004

TC until Feb-22

$18,650

EVRIDIKI G (+)

Feeder

34,677

2,556

2001

TC until Jan-22

$15,500

EM CORFU (*)

Feeder

34,654

2,556

2001

TC until Sep-21

$10,200

DIAMANTIS P (+)

Feeder

30,360

2,008

1998

TC until Aug-21

$6,500

EM SPETSES (+)

Feeder

23,224

1,740

2007

TC until Aug-24

$29,500

EM HYDRA (*)

Feeder

23,351

1,740

2005

TC until April-23

$20,000

JOANNA (*)

Feeder

22,301

1,732

1999

TC until Oct-22

$16,800

AEGEAN EXPRESS (*)

Feeder

18,581

1,439

1997

TC until Mar-22

$11,500


Total Fleet “on-the-water”

14

539,487

42,281

Newbuildings

Type

Dwt

TEU

TBD(2)

H4201

Feeder

37,237

2,800

Q1 ‘23

-

-

H4202

Feeder

37,237

2,800

Q2 ‘23

-

-

Total Fleet(3)

16

613,961

47,881

Notes:
(*) / (+) TC denotes time charter. All dates listed are the earliest redelivery dates under each time charter unless the contract rate is lower than the current market rate in which cases the latest redelivery date is assumed; vessels with the latest redelivery date shown are marked by (+).
(1) The CONTEX (Container Ship Time Charter Assessment Index) has been published by the Hamburg and Bremen Shipbrokers’ Association (VHBS) since October 2007. The CONTEX is a company-independent index of time charter rates for container ships. It is based on assessments of the current day charter rates of six selected container ship types, which are representative of their size categories: Type 1,100 TEU and Type 1,700 TEU with a charter period of one year, and the Types 2,500, 2,700, 3,500 and 4,250 TEU, all with a charter period of two years.
(2) Calendar quarter vessel is scheduled to be delivered (“TBD”)
(3) On a fully delivered basis

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 140 years. Euroseas trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker ESEA.

Euroseas operates in the container shipping market. Euroseas' operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 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 14 vessels on the water, including 9 Feeder containerships and 5 Intermediate Container carriers and two feeder ships under newbuilding contracts. After the delivery of the latter two vessels, Euroseas 16 containerships will have a cargo capacity of 47,881 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 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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Company Contact

Investor Relations / Financial Media

Tasos Aslidis
Chief Financial Officer
Euroseas Ltd.
11 Canterbury Lane,
Watchung, NJ 07069
Tel. (908) 301-9091
E-mail: aha@euroseas.gr

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President
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New York, NY 10169
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