ATHENS, GREECE, November 19, 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 Berge Bulk Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Sideris GS, for a period until minimum December 15, 2019 up to maximum March 30, 2020. The gross charter rate is US$8,500 per day for the first thirty (30) days of the charter period and US$15,350 per day for the balance period of the time charter, in each case minus a 5% commission paid to third parties. The charter commenced on November 15, 2018. The m/v Sideris GS was chartered, as previously announced, to Rio Tinto Shipping (Asia) Pte., Ltd., Singapore, at a gross charter rate of US$13,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties.
The “Sideris GS” is a 174,186 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel built in 2006.
This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$6.24 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.
Upon completion of the previously announced sales of two Panamax dry bulk vessels, m/v Triton and m/v Alcyon, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet will consist of 48 dry bulk vessels (4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax). As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the Company’s fleet, including m/v Triton and m/v Alcyon, is approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9.24 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.