ATHENS, GREECE, April 10, 2018 – 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 United Bulk Carriers International S.A., Luxembourg, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Melia. The gross charter rate is US$12,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum seventeen (17) months to maximum twenty (20) months. The charter is expected to commence on April 20, 2018. The m/v Melia is currently chartered, as previously announced, to Nidera S.P.A., Roma, at a gross charter rate of US$9,500 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties.
The “Melia” is a 76,225 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2005.
This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$6.12 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.
Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 50 dry bulk vessels (4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 22 Panamax). As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the Company’s fleet is approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 8.63 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 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.