Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Delivery of the Newly Built Ice Class Panamax Dry Bulk Carrier m/v Atalandi and Entry Into Time

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Delivery of the Newly Built Ice Class Panamax
Dry Bulk Carrier m/v Atalandi and Entry Into Time Charter Agreement With
Glencore

Direct Continuation of the Time Charter Agreement for m/v Melia With Rio Tinto

ATHENS, Greece, May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diana Shipping Inc.
(NYSE:DSX), (the "Company"), a global shipping company specializing in the
ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate
wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the newly built m/v "Atalandi,"
an Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessel of 77,529 dwt that was contracted in
March 2012.

The Company also announced that, through the aforementioned subsidiary, it has
entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, for
the newly delivered "Atalandi" at a gross charter rate of US$13,500 per day,
minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven
(11) months to maximum fourteen (14) months. The charter is expected to
commence tomorrow.

In addition, the Company also announced that, through a separate wholly-owned
subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Rio
Tinto Shipping Pty, Ltd., Melbourne, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels,
the m/v "Melia." The gross charter rate is US$12,000 per day, minus a 3.75%
commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven (11) months
to maximum fourteen (14) months. The charter commenced on May 10, 2014.

The "Melia" is a 76,225 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2005.

The employments of "Atalandi" and "Melia" are anticipated to generate a total
of approximately US$8.4 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled
period of the charters.

Including the newly delivered m/v "Atalandi," Diana Shipping Inc.'s fleet
currently consists of 38 dry bulk vessels (2 Newcastlemax, 10 Capesize, 3
Post-Panamax, 3 Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax). The Company also expects to take
delivery of 2 new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels and one Kamsarmax dry
bulk vessel during the second quarter of 2016. As of today, the combined
carrying capacity of our fleet, excluding the three vessels not yet delivered,
is approximately 4.21 million dwt with a weighted average age of 6.70 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 its ownership 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, 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.

CONTACT: Corporate Contact:
         Ioannis Zafirakis
         Director, Chief Operating Officer 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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