DryShips commences offer by its majority-owned subsidiary Ocean Rig to exchange up to 28,571,428 new shares of common stock for equivalent number of common shares previously sold in private offering

ATHENS, Greece , August 29, 2011 (press release) – DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS - News) (the "Company" or "DryShips"), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the commencement of an offer by its majority-owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW ("Ocean Rig"), to exchange up to 28,571,428 new shares of Ocean Rig common stock (the "Exchange Shares") that have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") for an equivalent number of common shares of Ocean Rig previously sold in a private offering in December 2010 (the "Original Shares"). The exchange offer is being conducted upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the prospectus dated August 26, 2011, and the related letter of transmittal. The Exchange Shares are identical to the Original Shares, except that the Exchange Shares have been registered under the Securities Act and, therefore, will not bear legends restricting their transfer.

The exchange offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, 11:00 p.m., Oslo time, on September 27, 2011, unless extended by the Company. Tenders of the Original Shares must be properly made before the exchange offer expires and may be withdrawn at any time before the expiration of the exchange offer.

This release is does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, securities. The exchange offer is being made only pursuant to a prospectus and the related letter of transmittal and only to such persons and in such jurisdictions as is permitted under applicable law.

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."

Visit the Company's website at www.dryships.com.

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