ATHENS, Greece, September 13, 2006 – Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, today announced that it has agreed to purchase from an unaffiliated third party, a Capesize dry bulk carrier of approximately 175,000 dwt, currently under construction by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for a price of $91 million. The vessel, to be named Sideris GS, is expected to be delivered to the Company by the sellers immediately upon completion of its construction in or about December 2006.
Diana Shipping Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Simeon Palios, commented: “The acquisition of our fifteenth dry bulk carrier and especially of a Capesize vessel is very significant to our Company. The addition of this vessel to our fleet is consistent with our strategy of expanding our fleet in the Capesize sector and at the same time operating modern vessels. The weighted average age of our fleet at the time of delivery will be only 3.7 years with a total cargo carrying capacity of approximately 1.3 million dwt.”
Upon delivery of this vessel, the Company’s fleet will consist of thirteen Panamax dry bulk carriers and two Capesize dry bulk carriers.
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. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.