updated 12/6/2010 3:45:43 PM ET 2010-12-06T20:45:43

NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veteran business journalist Joya Dass joins Dale Ploughman, Chairman and CEO, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (SHIP) to discuss the company's industry, strategy, financials and positioning.

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Dale Ploughman, Chairman and CEO, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (SHIP)

Dale Ploughman has served as Chairman of our board of directors since July 21, 2010 and as chief executive officer since May 20, 2008. He has over 45 years of shipping industry experience. Since 1999, Mr. Ploughman has been the chairman of South African Marine Corporation (Pty) Ltd., a dry bulk shipping company based in South Africa and affiliate to members of the Restis family, and the chairman of the Bahamas Ship Owners Association. In addition, Mr. Ploughman has served as president, chief executive officer and a director of Golden Energy Marine Corp. since February 2005. Mr. Ploughman also serves as president and chief executive officer of numerous private shipping companies controlled by members of the Restis family. From 1989 to 1999, Mr. Ploughman was the president of Great White Fleet, a fleet owned by Chiquita Brands International Inc., which was one of the largest shipping carriers to and from Central America. Mr. Ploughman has previously worked as president and chief executive officer of Lauritzen Reefers A.S., a shipping company based in Denmark, the managing director of Dammers and Vander Hiede Shipping and Trading Inc., a shipping company based in the Netherlands and as the chairman of Mackay Shipping, a shipping company based in New Zealand. He holds degrees in Business Administration and Personnel Management and Master's level Sea Certificates and was educated at the Thames Nautical Training College, HMS Worcester.

About Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.:

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp., the successor to Seanergy Maritime Corp., is a Marshall Islands corporation with its executive offices in Athens, Greece. The Company is engaged in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes through the ownership and operation of dry bulk carriers.

The Company's initial fleet comprised two Panamax, two Supramax, one Handymax and one Handysize dry bulk carriers that Seanergy purchased and took delivery of in the third quarter of 2008 from companies associated with members of the Restis family. In August 2009, the Company acquired a controlling interest in Bulk Energy Transport (Holdings) Limited ("BET"), which owns four Capesize and one Panamax dry bulk carriers. In May 2010, the Company acquired a controlling interest in Maritime Capital Shipping Limited ("MCS"), which owns nine Handysize dry bulk carriers. In September 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of the remaining 49% in MCS, and in October 2010 the Company completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% in BET.

Following the MCS and BET acquisitions, the Company has a wholly-owned operating fleet of 20 drybulk carriers (four Capesize, three Panamax, two Supramax, one Handymax and ten Handysize vessels) with a total carrying capacity of approximately 1,292,544 dwt and an average fleet age of 13 years.

The Company's common stock and warrants trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbols "SHIP" and "SHIP.W", respectively.

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