Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Direct Continuation of Time Charter Contract for m/v Baltimore with Cargill and Time Charter Contract for m/v Arethusa with Noble

Athens, Greece – January 25, 2017

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX) (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Baltimore, for a period of minimum thirteen (13) months to about sixteen (16) months. The gross charter rate is US$11,300 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties. The new charter period is expected to commence on February 3, 2017.

The “Baltimore” is a 177,243 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel built in 2005.

The Company also announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Noble Resources International Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Arethusa. The gross charter rate is US$7,200 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum ten (10) months to maximum fourteen (14) months. The charter commenced on January 23, 2017.

The “Arethusa” is a 73,593 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2007.

The employment extension of “Baltimore” as well as the employment of “Arethusa” are anticipated to generate approximately US$6.57 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.

Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 48 dry bulk vessels (4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 4 Kamsarmax and 23 Panamax). As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the Company’s fleet is approximately 5.7 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.65 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 global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership 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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