Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Appointment of Andreas Michalopoulos as Chief Financial Officer

ATHENS, GREECE, March 8, 2006 – Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX) today announced that Andreas Michalopoulos has been appointed as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.  Konstantine Koutsomitopoulos, formerly Diana’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, has been named Diana’s Vice President and Head of Corporate Development.

Andreas Michalopoulos, age 35, was formerly International Corporate Auditor with Nestle SA, (Switzerland) then Associate Consultant for McKinsey and Company, (France) and Vice President International Business Development and Member of the Executive Committee of Lavipharm SA, (Greece-USA). He then joined Diana Shipping Agencies as Projects Manager. Mr. Michalopoulos graduated from Paris IX Dauphine University obtaining an MSc in Economics and a Masters degree in Management Sciences specialised in Finance. He has also obtained an MBA in Finance from Imperial College, University of London.

Diana’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Simeon Palios, stated:  “We are delighted to have Andreas Michalopoulos as our Chief Financial Officer, and to continue to call upon Konstantine Koutsomitopoulos as our Vice President and Head of Corporate Development.  We believe that the involvement of these two professionals will contribute to our continued strong financial management and will enhance our strategic growth direction”.

About the Company
Diana Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services.  The Company specializes in transporting dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.  Diana Shipping Inc. priced its initial public offering of common stock on March 17, 2005.

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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, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors.  Acquisitions may also be subject to closing conditions.  Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.