Diana announces direct continuation of Time Charter Contract for m/v Santa Barbara with Cargill and a New Time Charter Contract for m/v Myrto with Cargill

Chartering, Dry Bulkcarriers, Markets — By on April 18, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Direct Continuation of Time Charter Contract for m/v Santa Barbara with Cargill and a New Time Charter Contract for m/v Myrto with Cargill

ATHENS, GREECE, April 18, 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 agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Santa Barbara. The gross charter rate is US$20,250 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about eighteen (18) months to about nineteen (19) months. The new charter period is expected to commence on April 24, 2018. The m/v Santa Barbara is currently chartered, as previously announced, at a gross charter rate of US$12,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties.

The “Santa Barbara” is a 179,426 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel built in 2015.

The Company also announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Myrto. The gross charter rate is US$14,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum thirteen (13) months to maximum fifteen (15) months. The charter is expected to commence on April 24, 2018. The m/v Myrto is currently chartered, as previously announced, at a gross charter rate of US$8,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for the agreed period of the time charter.

The “Myrto” is a 82,131 dwt Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel built in 2013.

The employment extension of “Santa Barbara” as well as the employment of “Myrto” are anticipated to generate approximately US$16.09 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.

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 8.65 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.

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