Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, today announced that it has arranged for its Panamax dry bulk carriers, Nirefs and Clio, to continue their employment under short term charter contracts with B.H.P. Billiton Marketing AG and Cargill International S.A., respectively, under the following terms: the Nirefs for a period of approximately 12-15 days, at a gross rate of $11,750 per day and the Clio for a period of approximately 3-5 months, at a gross rate of $17,500 per day. Both vessels are Panamax dry bulk carriers, the Nirefs of 75,311 dwt built in Korea in 2001 and the Clio of 73,691 dwt built in China in 2005.
The Company further announced that on September 5, 2005, one of its wholly owned subsidiaries signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the purchase of a Panamax bulk carrier vessel, the m.v. "BOLINA", for $44,250,000. The vessel was delivered in August 2004 from its builder, Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd in Shanghai, and is a sister vessel to three Panamaxes already owned by the Company. The purchase contract also provides for the assumption by the Company’s subsidiary of the vessels present time charter at $25,000 per day gross with Messrs. BUNGE S.A. of Geneva, Switzerland, to July 2007. Diana Shipping expects delivery of the vessel between October 1, 2005 and December 15, 2005. Upon completion of the purchase, the Diana Shipping Inc. fleet will consist of 10 Panamax vessels and one Capesize vessel.
The Company also announced that in the future it will continue to issue press releases relating to all new charters that it enters into for a period of twelve months or longer, but will no longer issue press releases relating to charters of less than twelve months.
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.