Diana Shipping Inc. Announces the Filing of Its 2012 Annual Report on Form 20-F

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces the Filing of Its 2012 Annual Report on Form
20-F

ATHENS, Greece, March 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diana Shipping Inc.
(NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and
operation of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has filed its 2012
Annual Report on Form 20-F with the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission on March 22, 2013. The Annual Report is available for download on
the Company's website, www.dianashippinginc.com. Any shareholder may receive a
hard copy of the Company's complete Annual Report, which includes the
Company's complete 2012 audited financial statements, free of charge upon
request.

About the Company

Diana Shipping Inc. is a leading global provider of shipping transportation
services through the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. The
Company's vessels are employed primarily on medium to long-term time charters
and transport a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as iron
ore, coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.

CONTACT: Corporate Contact:
         Ioannis Zafirakis
         Director, Executive Vice-President and Secretary
         Telephone: + 30-210-947-0100
         Email: izafirakis@dianashippinginc.com
        
         Investor and Media Relations:
         Edward Nebb
         Comm-Counsellors, LLC
         Telephone: + 1-203-972-8350
         Email: enebb@optonline.net
 
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