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OceanFreight Inc. Announces Fleet Expansion


March 29, 2011 - ATHENS, GREECE

OceanFreight Inc., (NASDAQ: OCNF) a global provider of seaborne transportation services for both drybulk and energy commodities, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase two resale newbuilding 206,000 DWT capesize vessels at a well-known Chinese yard. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered in the second and fourth quarter of 2013. The vessels will be purchased from a Company ultimately controlled by our Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Anthony Kandylidis. The Sellers, who have already paid $23.76 million to the yard, will receive in the aggregate 35,657,142 of the Company's common shares, while the Company will assume the remaining payments under the shipbuilding contract, in the amount $95.64 million.

Prof. John Liveris, Chairman of OceanFreight commented:

"We welcome the support of our Founder and principal shareholder for the Company's long term growth. We believe this transaction will increases significantly our future revenues while minimizing our near term cash outlay, as the Sellers are receiving common shares on account of the amount that they have already paid to the builders. In addition, this represents a clear sign of our Founder's commitment to the expansion of the Company's fleet."

About OceanFreight Inc.
OceanFreight Inc., is an owner and operator of both drybulk and tanker vessels that operate worldwide. As of the day of this release, OceanFreight owns a fleet of 7 vessels comprising of 6 drybulk vessels (4 Capesize, 2 Panamaxes) and 1 Suezmax crude carrier tanker with a combined deadweight tonnage of about 1 million tons.

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

Visit our website at www.oceanfreightinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statement
Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although OceanFreight Inc. believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, OceanFreight Inc. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charterhire rates and vessel values, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydocking, changes in OceanFreight Inc.'s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by OceanFreight Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investor Relations/Media:
Nicolas Bornozis
Capital Link, Inc. (New York)
Tel: +1-212-661-7566
E-mail: oceanfreight@capitallink.com

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