ATHENS, GREECE, July 6, 2005  Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it has entered one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the Clio, into a time-charter contract with Deiulemar Shipping for a period of approximately 22 days, estimated to begin July 18, 2005, at a gross rate of $18,000 per day plus a $200,000 one-time payment.  Applying the above mentioned one-time payment to this fixture, and based on the estimated duration of 22 days, the effective gross time charter rate per day increases by approximately $9,000 to approximately $27,000. The Clio is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 73,691 dwt built in China in 2005.

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. completed its initial public offering of common stock on March 23, 2005.

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