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Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Delivery of the Panamax Dry Bulk Carrier m/v Artemis and Commencement of Time Charter Contract

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Delivery of the Panamax Dry Bulk Carrier m/v
Artemis and Commencement of Time Charter Contract With Rio Tinto

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 26, 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 the Company, through a
separate wholly-owned subsidiary, took delivery of the m/v "Artemis" (formerly
"Shoyo"), a 2006 built Panamax dry bulk carrier of 76,942 dwt that the Company
entered into an agreement to purchase in May 2013. As previously announced,
the m/v "Artemis" is time chartered to Rio Tinto Shipping Pty Ltd., Melbourne,
Australia, at a gross charter rate of 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 commenced today.

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

Including the newly delivered "Artemis", Diana Shipping Inc.'s fleet currently
consists of 34 dry bulk vessels (2 Newcastlemax, 9 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 2
Kamsarmax and 18 Panamax). 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 four vessels not yet delivered, is
approximately 3.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 6.6 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 release.

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