ATHENS, GREECE, September 18, 2017 – 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 has entered into a time charter contract with Unico Logistics Co., Ltd., Seoul, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Maera. The gross charter rate is US$11,900 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum nine (9) months to maximum eleven (11) months. The charter is expected to commence on September 19, 2017. The m/v Maera was previously chartered to Transgrain Shipping B.V., Rotterdam, at a gross charter rate of US$8,500 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of sixty-eight (68) days.
The “Maera” is a 75,403 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2013.
This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$3.21 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.
Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 51 dry bulk vessels (4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 23 Panamax). As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the Company’s fleet is approximately 5.9 million dwt with a weighted average age of 8.13 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.