Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Delivery of the Newcastlemax Dry Bulk Carrier M/V Philadelphia and Commencement of Time Charter Contract With EDF

ATHENS, Greece, May 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, today announced that on May 16, 2012 it took delivery of the newly-built m/v "Philadelphia", a Newcastlemax dry bulk carrier of 206,040 dwt that was contracted in April 2010. As previously announced, the m/v "Philadelphia" is chartered to EDF Trading Ltd., London, at a gross rate of US$18,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a minimum forty-four (44) to a maximum fifty (50) month period. The charter commenced yesterday.

This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$23.76 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the charter.

The Company also announced that today, through one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, it has completed the drawdown of US$34.65 million from its previously announced loan facility of US$82.6 million with The Export-Import Bank of China ("China Eximbank") having a majority interest and DNB Bank ASA as agent. The purpose of this drawdown was to partially finance the acquisition cost of the m/v "Philadelphia".

Including the newly-delivered m/v "Philadelphia", Diana Shipping Inc.'s fleet currently consists of 28 dry bulk carriers (17 Panamax, 1 Post-Panamax, 8 Capesize and 2 Newcastlemax), as well as two new-building Ice Class Panamax vessels expected to be delivered to the Company during the fourth quarter of 2013. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of our current fleet, excluding the two vessels not yet delivered, is approximately 3.2 million dwt with a weighted average age of 5.75 years. A table describing the current Diana Shipping Inc. fleet can be found on the Company's website, www.dianashippinginc.com.

Information contained on the Company's website does not constitute a part of this press release.

About the Company
Diana Shipping Inc. is a leading global provider of shipping transportation services through the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. The Company's vessels are employed primarily on medium to long-term time charters and transport a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.

 

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