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REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13A-16 OR 15D-16
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of March 2012
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Attached as Exhibit 1 is a press release of DryShips Inc. (the Company) dated March 16, 2012: DryShips Inc. Announces Availability of 2011 Annual Report on Form 20-F.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Dated: March 16, 2012
By: /s/George Economou
Chief Executive Officer
DRYSHIPS INC. ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF
2011 ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 20-F
ATHENS, GREECE March 16, 2012 - DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS) (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 that its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011 (the Annual Report) has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Annual Report may also be accessed through the DryShips website, www.dryships.com, at the Investor Relations section under Quarterly and Annual Reports.
Shareholders may also request a hard copy of the Annual Report, which includes the Companys complete 2011 audited financial statements, free of charge by contacting Capital Link Inc., the Companys investor relations advisor, using the contact details provided below.
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, 3 of which remain to be delivered to Ocean Rig during 2013. DryShips owns a fleet of 47 drybulk carriers (including newbuildings), comprising 11 Capesize, 29 Panamax, 2 Supramax and 5 Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) with a combined deadweight tonnage of about 5.2 million tons, and 12 tankers (including newbuildings), comprising 6 Suezmax and 6 Aframax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 1.6 million tons.
DryShipss common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market where it trades under the symbol DRYS.
Visit the Companys website at www.dryships.com
Investor Relations / Media:
Capital Link, Inc. (New York)