ATHENS, GREECE, December 21, 2016 – Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, it has signed two addenda with China Shipbuilding Trading Company, Limited and Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd., collectively called the “Seller”, among other things, to reduce the contract price and to change the delivery date of the two Newcastlemax dry bulk carriers, Hull No. H2548 (to be named “San Francisco”) and Hull No. H2549 (to be named “Newport News”). As previously announced, the contract price was US$48.7 million per vessel and now the Seller has agreed to reduce this price by US$1.0 million for each of the abovementioned vessels. The delivery date of the two vessels is now expected to be on January 4, 2017.
Additionally, the Company announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for the “Newport News”, which is currently under construction, for a period of minimum twenty-two (22) months to maximum twenty-six (26) months.
The daily gross charter rate will be 24% above the BCI_2014 average of the five pre-determined time charter routes as published by the Baltic Exchange minus a 5% commission paid to third parties. The initial charter payment will be made on delivery of the vessel to the charterers based on the average of the five pre-determined time charter routes for the 15 days preceding the vessel’s delivery date. At the end of the time charter period, there will be a final settlement to reflect the average daily rate of the five pre-determined time charter routes for the actual duration of the charter. The charter is expected to commence on January 9, 2017.
As previously announced, the m/v Newport News is a newbuilding Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel of approximately 208,500 dwt.
The Company also announced that it has entered into time charter contracts with Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, for two of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Leto and the m/v Naias. For m/v Leto, the gross charter rate is US$7,750 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum nine (9) months to maximum thirteen (13) months and the charter is expected to commence on December 30, 2016. For m/v Naias, the gross charter rate is US$7,500 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about seven (7) months to about ten (10) months and the charter is expected to commence on December 27, 2016.
The “Leto” is a 81,297 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2010 and the “Naias” is a 73,546 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2006.
The employments of “Leto” and “Naias” are anticipated to generate approximately US$3.56 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.
Excluding the “San Francisco” and the “Newport News” not yet delivered, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 46 dry bulk vessels (2 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 4 Kamsarmax and 23 Panamax). As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the abovementioned Company’s fleet is approximately 5.2 million dwt with a weighted average age of 8.2 years. A table describing the current Diana Shipping Inc. fleet can be found on the Company’s website, www.dianashippinginc.com
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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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In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for dry bulk shipping capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.