Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Time Charter Contract for m/v Artemis With Rio Tinto

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Time Charter Contract for m/v Artemis With Rio

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 1, 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 entered into a time
charter contract with Rio Tinto Shipping Pty Ltd., Melbourne, Australia,
through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for one of its Panamax dry bulk
vessels, the m/v "Shoyo" (to be renamed "Artemis"). The gross charter rate is
US$9,375 per day, minus a 3.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period
of minimum twenty-two (22) months to maximum twenty-six (26) months. The
charter is expected to commence upon delivery of the vessel to the Company.

As previously announced on May 28, 2013, the above mentioned vessel is a 2006
built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 76,942 dwt that the Company entered into an
agreement to purchase in May 2013. The vessel is now expected to be delivered
to the Company by the sellers at the beginning of September, 2013.

This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$6.2 million of
gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the charter.

Diana Shipping Inc.'s fleet currently consists of 33 dry bulk vessels (2
Newcastlemax, 9 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 2 Kamsarmax and 17 Panamax). In
addition to the aforementioned vessel, the Company also expects to take
delivery of 2 new-building Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessels during the
fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, and 2 new-building
Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels during the second quarter of 2016. As of today,
the combined carrying capacity of our fleet, excluding the five vessels not
yet delivered, is approximately 3.7 million dwt with a weighted average age of
6.5 years. A table describing the current Diana Shipping Inc. fleet can be
found on the Company's website, www.dianashippinginc.com. Information
contained on the Company's website does not constitute a part of this press

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.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking
statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe
harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage
companies to provide prospective information about their business.
Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives,
goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions
and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this
cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The
words "believe," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project,"
"plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar
expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various
assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions,
including without limitation, our management's examination of historical
operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from
third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when
made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant
uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict
and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or
accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

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.

CONTACT: Corporate Contact:
         Ioannis Zafirakis
         Director, Executive Vice-President and Secretary
         Telephone: + 30-210-9470-100
         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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