ATHENS, GREECE, December 1, 2006 – Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, today announced that on November 28 the Company took delivery of the newly-built Sideris GS, a 174,186 dwt Capesize dry bulk carrier, built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
The vessel, as previously announced, is chartered to BHP Billiton Marketing AG for a four-year period with a one year extension at the charterer’s option. The gross charter rate for the initial 47 to 49 month period will be: $46,000 during the first year; $43,000 during the second year; $39,000 during the third year and $36,000 during the fourth year. The charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further 11-13 month period at a daily charter rate of $48,500. The charter commenced on December 1, 2006.
With the delivery of the Sideris GS, Diana Shipping has increased its fleet to fifteen vessels (thirteen Panamax dry bulk carriers and two Capesize dry bulk carriers). In addition the combined deadweight of the fleet has increased to approximately 1,312,419 tons and the weighted average age has decreased to 3.6 years.
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, vessel 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.