Diana Shipping Inc. Schedules Fourth Quarter and Year 2005 Earnings Release, Dividend Declaration and Conference Call

ATHENS, GREECE, February 8, 2006  Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, today announced that its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2005, are scheduled to be released before opening of the U.S. financial markets on Wednesday, February 15, 2006.

The declaration of the Company’s cash dividend for the quarter ended December 31, 2005 also will be announced at that time.
The Company’s management will conduct a conference call and simultaneous Internet webcast to review these results at 9:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) on Friday, February 17, 2006.
Investors may access the webcast by visiting the Company’s website at, and clicking on the webcast link.  The webcast also is accessible at, by clicking on the Diana Shipping link under “Events”.  The conference call also may be accessed by telephone by dialing 1-877-692-2086 (for U.S.-based callers) or 1-973-935-8599 (for international callers).

A replay of the webcast will be available soon after the completion of the call and will be accessible on both and  A telephone replay will be available by dialing 1-877-519-4471 (for U.S.-based callers) or 1-973-341-3080 (for international callers); callers must use the PIN number 7005586.

About the Company
Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX) 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.