Rand Appoints Additional Independent Director and Lead Independent Director

Rand Appoints Additional Independent Director and Lead Independent Director

NEW YORK, April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rand Logistics, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RLOG) ("Rand") today announced that John Binion, most recently the
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of United Maritime Group,
has been appointed to Rand's Board of Directors. Rand also announced that
Michael Lundin, who has served as an independent director of Rand since April
2008, has been appointed Lead Independent Director of Rand's Board of
Directors.

Laurence Levy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rand commented, "We are
delighted to welcome John to our Board. As COO and EVP of United Maritime,
John was integrally involved in all aspects of this leading provider of dry
bulk logistics solutions, which included operating the largest Jones Act
compliant coastwise fleet of dry-bulk carriers and self-unloading vessels, as
measured by dead weight tons. We believe that John's shipping and logistics
background, coupled with his financial expertise and business acumen will be
additive to our Company."

"We are also very pleased that Mike has assumed the important role of Lead
Independent Director. Mike has been an invaluable contributor to Rand and we
believe that he will serve our shareholders very effectively in this role.
The Board believes that the appointment of a Lead Independent Director
strengthens our corporate governance functions and will provide an additional
measure of balance to the Board's oversight responsibilities."

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. For all
forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the Safe Harbor for
Forward-Looking Statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks
and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy or are
otherwise beyond our control and some of which might not even be anticipated.
Future events and actual results, affecting our strategic plan as well as our
financial position, results of operations and cash flows, could differ
materially from those described in or contemplated by the forward-looking
statements. Important factors that contribute to such risks include, but are
not limited to, the effect of the economic downturn in our markets; the
weather conditions on the Great Lakes; and our ability to maintain and replace
our vessels as they age.

For a more detailed description of these uncertainties and other factors,
please see the "Risk Factors" section in Rand's Annual Report on Form 10-K as
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 8, 2012.

About Rand Logistics

Rand Logistics, Inc. is a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services
throughout the Great Lakes region. Through its subsidiaries, the Company
operates a fleet of four conventional bulk carriers and twelve self-unloading
bulk carriers including four tug/barge units. The Company is the only carrier
able to offer significant domestic port-to-port services in both Canada and
the U.S. on the Great Lakes. The Company's vessels operate under the U.S.
Jones Act – which reserves domestic waterborne commerce to vessels that are
U.S. owned, built and crewed, and the Canada Coasting Trade Act – which
reserves domestic waterborne commerce to Canadian registered and crewed
vessels that operate between Canadian ports.

CONTACT: COUNSEL:
         Rand Logistics, Inc.
         Laurence S. Levy, Chairman & CEO
         Edward Levy, President
         (212) 644-3450
        
         -OR-
        
         INVESTOR RELATIONS
         Lesley Snyder
         (212) 863-9413
         LSnyder@randlogisticsinc.com
 
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