ATHENS, GREECE, May 9, 2005  Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has taken delivery today of its latest newbuilding Panamax bulk carrier, the Clio, at Shanghai, China. The Clio is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 73,691 dwt. With the delivery of the Clio, Diana Shipping has increased its fleet to ten vessels (nine Panamax and one Capesize).

Mr. Simeon  Palios, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Diana Shipping Inc., commented, The delivery of the Clio will expand our capacity to participate in the long-term growth of the global dry bulk shipping market, and demonstrates our commitment to enhance shareholder value through the prudent expansion of our fleet.

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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