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Euroseas Ltd. Announces Sale of Two Vessels and Non-Binding Letter of Intent to Form Joint Venture With Private Investment Funds to Pursue Additional Acquisitions

MAROUSSI, ATHENS, GREECE -- (Marketwire) -- 12/22/09 -- Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), an owner and operator of container carrier and drybulk vessels, announced today that it sold and delivered to their new owners the two oldest vessels in its fleet, M/V Gregos and M/V Artemis. M/V Gregos, a 38,691 dwt geared drybulk carrier built in 1984, was sold for further trading for approximately $7.9 million. M/V Artemis, a 2,098 TEU gearless containership built in 1987, was sold for scrap for $282/lwt, or approximately $3.2 million; the M/V Artemis had been laid-up and was sold "as is." The Company will take a book loss of approximately $8.7 million as a result of such sales.

The Company also announced that it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent with Eton Park Capital Management, L.P. on behalf of one or more funds managed by it ("Eton Park") and Rhône Capital III L.P. ("Rhône") to form a joint venture to pursue investment opportunities in shipping. The Company is expected to invest up to $25 million while Eton Park and Rhône are each expected to invest up to $75 million. Management of acquired vessels will be performed by the Company and its affiliates. The arrangement also is expected to include the option by Eton Park and Rhône, exercisable at any time after the two year anniversary of the formation of the joint venture, to exchange all or part of their interest in the joint venture for equity of the Company at a price to be based on the comparable values of the joint venture and the Company at the time of exercise. In addition, the arrangement contemplates that the Company will grant the joint venture certain rights of first refusal in respect of vessel acquisition opportunities presented to the Company. The agreement is subject to the execution of definitive documentation and customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of February 2010. During this time the Company has agreed to negotiate exclusively with Eton Park and Rhône with respect to this or any similar transaction.

Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, commented: "As we have repeatedly said in the past, we expect that our core markets will provide us with significant investment opportunities over the next couple of years. During 2009, we disposed of our three 25-year-old bulkers and replaced them with three vessels with an average age of 10 years. We have also sold the 22-year-old containership, M/V Artemis. As a result of these transactions, the average age of our fleet decreased to approximately 16 years. We have a strong balance sheet which we intend to use to exploit investments opportunities in our market sectors."

Mr. Pittas continued, "At the same time, we are pleased to announce our non-binding agreement with Eton Park and Rhône. Not only does this venture represent a vote of confidence for our company and its management, but we also firmly believe that it will benefit our shareholders in a number of ways. First, we will get access to a greater number and larger size of opportunities by co-investing alongside these well reputed and successful joint venture partners than we would have had on our own; second, our investment will be spread over a more diversified portfolio of vessels; and third, we expect to achieve overhead and operating costs savings and to have the opportunity to earn incremental returns if our joint investments perform well. We are very excited about these developments and look forward to producing superior returns for our shareholders."

Fleet Profile:

The Euroseas Ltd. fleet profile is as follows:

                                       Year                     TCERate
Name           Type       Dwt    TEU   Built   Employment       ($/day)
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
Drybulk Vessels
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
                                             TC 'til Dec-09
                                               Then until          $25,200
PANTELIS        Panamax  74,020         2000     Nov-11            $17,500
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
ELENI P         Panamax  72,119         1997 TC 'til May-10        $15,350
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
IRINI (*)       Panamax  69,734         1988 Baumarine Pool
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
ARISTIDES N.P.  Panamax  69,268         1993 TC 'til Jan-10        $12,350
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
MONICA P                                      Bulkhandling
 (**)          Handymax  46,667         1998      Pool
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
Total Drybulk
 Vessels              5 331.808
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
Multipurpose
 Dry Cargo
 Vessels
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
                                                               $9,500 'til
                                                                   Dec-10,
TASMAN TRADER         1  22,568    950  1990 TC 'til Mar-12    $9,000 'til
                                                                    Mar-12
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
Container
 Carriers
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
                                                              $16,800 'til
                                                                    Aug-11
                                              TC 'til         $18,735 'til
                                               Aug-11               Aug-12
                                             (3 annual        $19,240 'til
MAERSK                                        options               Aug-13
 NOUMEA    Intermediate  34,677  2,556  2001  'til Aug-14)    $19,750 'til
                                                                    Aug-14
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
TIGER
 BRIDGE    Intermediate  31,627  2,228  1990 TC 'til Mar-10         $7,500
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
DESPINA P    Handy size  33,667  1,932  1990        Laid-up
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
JONATHAN P
 (ex-OEL
 INTEGRITY)  Handy size  33,667  1,932  1990        Laid-up
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
CAPTAIN                                       TC til Dec-09
 COSTAS                                       (2 monthly
(ex-OEL      Handy size  30,007  1,742  1992  options 'til
 TRANSWORLD)                                   Feb-10)              $4,000
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
YM PORT KELANG
(ex-MASTRO                                                     $3,750 'til
 NICOS,                                       TC 'til Nov-10    Nov-10
 ex-YM       Handy size  23,596  1,599  1993  (option         ($5,900 'til
 XINGANG I)                                   'til Nov-11)      Nov-11)
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
                                                               $3,850 'til
                                                                 Jan-10
                                             TC 'til Jan-10    $4,000 'til
                                              (option 'til       Jun-10
                                                 Jun-10)         CONTEX
                                              (option        less 10% 'til
MANOLIS P    Handy size  20,346  1,452  1995   'til Jun-11)      Jun-11
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
NINOS (ex-YM
 QINGDAOI)       Feeder  18,253  1,169  1990 TC 'til Jan-10         $3,900
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
                                             TC 'til Mar-10
                                             (option 'til      $3,850 'til
                                              Dec-10)           Dec-10
KUO HSIUNG       Feeder  18,154  1,169  1993 (option 'til     ($5,300 'til
                                              Jun-11)           Jun-11)
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
Total Container
 Carriers             9 243,994 15,779
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============
Fleet Grand
 Total               15 598,370 16,729
           ============ ======= ====== ===== ==============  =============

Note: TC denotes time charter. All dates listed are the earliest redelivery dates under each TC. All extension option are in favour of the charterers.

(*) "Irini" is employed in the Baumarine spot pool that is managed by Klaveness, a major global charterer in the drybulk market.

(**) "Monica P" is employed in the Bulkhandling spot pool that is also managed by Klaveness.

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 136 years. Euroseas trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker ESEA.

Euroseas operates in the dry cargo, drybulk and container shipping markets. Euroseas' operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2000 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 15 vessels, including 4 Panamax drybulk carriers and 1 Handymax drybulk carrier, 2 Intermediate containership, 5 Handysize containerships, 2 Feeder containerships and a multipurpose dry cargo vessel. Euroseas' 5 drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 331,808 dwt, its 9 containerships have a cargo capacity of 15,779 teu and its multipurpose vessel has a cargo capacity of 22,568 dwt or 950 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 our expected joint venture and vessel acquisitions and 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 drybulk vessels and 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.

Visit our website www.euroseas.gr

Company Contact
Tasos Aslidis
Chief Financial Officer
Euroseas Ltd.
11 Canterbury Lane
Watchung, NJ 07069
Tel. (908) 301-9091
E-mail: [email protected]

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Nicolas Bornozis
President
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230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
New York, NY 10169
Tel. (212) 661-7566
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