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Pingtan Marine Enterprise Announces Delivery of 20 Newly-built Fishing Vessels

September 13, 2013

FUZHOU, China, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME), (“Pingtan,” or the “Company”) an integrated marine services company in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), today announced the recent delivery of 20 newly-built fishing vessels, which were initially ordered by the Company in September 2012. With the addition of these vessels and the recent acquisition of 46 vessels in June 2013, the Company’s total current fleet has increased to 106. The Company expects these vessels will materially increase its fish harvest volume and revenue, while being immediately accretive to net income.

The vessels delivered to the Company (full list below), which were built in Shandong Province, were delivered to the Company in early September. These vessels have an expected run-in period of 3 – 6 months, in which each are placed into the sea for testing prior to full operation. At full operation, each vessel is capable of harvesting 900 to 1000 tons of approximately 30 types of species of fish from the Indian Ocean. At current prices and operating at full capacity, each vessel can generate annual revenue of approximate $3 million USD with annual net income of approximate $800,000 to $1 million.

Mr. Xinrong Zhou, Pingtan’s Chairman and CEO, stated, “We are pleased to announce the delivery of these new vessels. We believe that the expansion of our fleet will continue to create economies of scale for Pingtan. Increasing our volume will help in our negotiations with distributors and exporters, and also create the possibility of selling downstream directly to end markets. We expect to remain aggressive in increasing our fleet, and look forward to enhancing our leading position in China’s seafood industry.”

About Pingtan

Pingtan is a marine enterprises group, engaging in dredging services and ocean fishing through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, China Dredging Group and Merchant Supreme, and their respective PRC operating subsidiaries, Fujian Xinggang Port Service Co., Ltd., or Fujian Service, Pingtan Xingyi Port Service Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Xingyi and Fujian Provincial Pingtan County Ocean Fishing Group Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Fishing.

Pingtan Fishing primarily engages in ocean fishing with many of its self-owned vessels operating within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and the Arafura Sea of Indonesia. Pingtan Fishing is a growing fishing company and provider of high quality seafood in the PRC.

    List of 20 Newly-built Fishing Vessels

    Trawlers                               Fishing Area Carrying Tonnage     Capacity (KW)

    FuYuanYu 171                           India                         156               1000

    FuYuanYu 172                           India                         156               1000

    FuYuanYu 173                           India                         156               1000

    FuYuanYu 174                           India                         156               1000

    FuYuanYu 175                           India                         156               1000

    FuYuanYu 176                           India                         156               1000

    FuYuanYu 177                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 178                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 179                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 180                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 181                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 182                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 183                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 184                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 185                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 186                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 187                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 188                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 189                           Indonesia                     156               1000

    FuYuanYu 190                           Indonesia                     156               1000

Business Risks and Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Pingtan’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Pingtan’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Definitive Proxy Statement. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Pingtan undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Roy Yu
Chief Financial Officer
Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd.
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