DryShips acquires majority of OceanFreight shares for US$33.8M and 1,570,226 shares of Ocean Rig common stock

ATHENS, Greece , August 25, 2011 (press release) – DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS - News) and OceanFreight Inc. (NASDAQ: OCNF - News) announced today that DryShips has acquired 3,000,856 shares of OceanFreight Inc. The shares were acquired from entities controlled by Mr. Anthony Kandylidis, the CEO of OceanFreight, under a purchase agreement entered into on July 26, 2011. These shares represent a majority of the outstanding shares of OceanFreight. The consideration paid by DryShips for each OceanFreight share consisted of (x) $11.25 in cash and (y) 0.52326 shares of common stock of Ocean Rig UDW Inc, par value of $0.01 per share, with cash paid in lieu of fractional shares. The total consideration paid for those shares was $33,759,671.08 in cash and 1,570,226 shares of Ocean Rig common stock.

The Ocean Rig shares so transferred were outstanding shares held by DryShips. As a result of this transaction, DryShips' percentage ownership of Ocean Rig was reduced from approximately 78% to approximately 77 %.

DryShips has agreed to vote the OceanFreight shares that it acquired in favor of the merger of OceanFreight with a subsidiary of DryShips, as contemplated by the merger agreement signed by DryShips and OceanFreight on July 26, 2011. DryShips holds sufficient OceanFreight shares to approve the merger. In that merger, DryShips will acquire the remaining outstanding shares of OceanFreight for per share consideration consisting of $11.25 in cash and 0.52326 shares of Ocean Rig, with cash paid in lieu of fractional shares. This is the same per share consideration that DryShips paid for the shares it acquired from entities controlled by Mr. Anthony Kandylidis. The merger is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2011.

About DryShips

DryShips Inc. is an owner of drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. Through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., DryShips owns and operates 9 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 7 ultra deepwater drillships, 4 of which remain to be delivered to Ocean Rig during 2011 and 2013. DryShips owns a fleet of 36 drybulk carriers (including newbuildings), comprising 8 Capesize, 26 Panamax and 2 Supramax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 3.4 million tons, and 12 tankers (including newbuildings), comprising 6 Suezmax and 6 Aframax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 1.6 million tons.

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

About OceanFreight

OceanFreight is an owner and operator of drybulk vessels that operate worldwide. OceanFreight owns a fleet of 6 vessels, comprised of 6 drybulk vessels (4 Capesize and 2 Panamaxes) and has contracted to purchase 5 newbuilding Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) with a combined deadweight tonnage of about 1.9 million tons.

OceanFreight Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market where it trades under the symbol "OCNF."

About Ocean Rig

Ocean Rig is an international offshore drilling contractor providing oilfield services for offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production drilling, and specializing in the ultra-deepwater and harsh-environment segment of the offshore drilling industry. Ocean Rig owns and operates 9 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 7 ultra deepwater drillships, 4 of which remain to be delivered to the company during 2011 and 2013.

Ocean Rig's common stock currently trades on the OTC market maintained by the Norwegian Association of Stockbroking Companies under the symbol "OCRG."

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