FreeSeas Transfers Stock Listing to Nasdaq Capital Market; Received an Extension Until June 17, 2013 to Regain Compliance With

FreeSeas Transfers Stock Listing to Nasdaq Capital Market; Received an
Extension Until June 17, 2013 to Regain Compliance With Nasdaq's Minimum
Closing Bid Price of $1.00

ATHENS, Greece, Feb. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq:FREE)
("FreeSeas" or the "Company"), a transporter of dry-bulk cargoes through the
ownership and operation of a fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels, today
announced that The Nasdaq Stock Market ("Nasdaq") has approved its application
to transfer its stock listing from the Nasdaq Global Market to the Nasdaq
Capital Market, effective February 19, 2013. The Nasdaq Capital Market is a
continuous trading market that operates in the same manner as the Nasdaq
Global Market.

On February 14, 2013, FreeSeas received a letter from Nasdaq notifying the
Company that the appeals hearing in relation to a notification received on
December 19, 2012 from Nasdaq that the Company's stock would be delisted from
The Nasdaq Global Market, was cancelled because the Company meets the market
value of publicly held shares and all other applicable requirements for
initial listing on the Capital Market (except for the minimum bid
requirement). FreeSeas has until June 17, 2013 to regain compliance with the
minimum bid price rule and the Company's stock will continue to be listed and
traded on Nasdaq.

The Company recently completed a reverse stock split of the Company's issued
and outstanding common stock at a ratio of one new share for every 10 shares
currently outstanding. Beginning on February 14, 2013, FreeSeas' common stock
began trading under the ticker symbol "FREED", and will continue to trade
under this symbol for a period of 20 days to provide notice of the reverse
stock split. After this period, the symbol will revert to "FREE." The Company
believes that as a result of the reverse stock split, the Company's common
stock will continue to trade over $1.00 per share, which will allow the
Company to regain compliance with Nasdaq.

About FreeSeas Inc.

FreeSeas Inc. is a Marshall Islands corporation with principal offices in
Athens, Greece. FreeSeas is engaged in the transportation of drybulk cargoes
through the ownership and operation of drybulk carriers. Currently, it has a
fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels. Risks and uncertainties are described
in reports filed by FreeSeas Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission, which can be obtained free of charge on the SEC's website at
http://www.sec.gov. For more information about FreeSeas Inc., please visit the
corporate website, www.freeseas.gr.

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http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5981

Forward-Looking Statements

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
expected vessel acquisitions. 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 be correct. These statements involve known and
unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates which
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; 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 obligation 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.

CONTACT: At the Company
         FreeSeas Inc.
         Alexandros Mylonas, Chief Financial Officer
         011-30-210-45-28-770
         Fax: 011-30-210-429-10-10
         info@freeseas.gr
         www.freeseas.gr
        
         Investor Relations
         The Equity Group
         Adam Prior, Vice President
         212-836-9606
         aprior@equityny.com
         www.theequitygroup.com

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