Dutch Glencore Grain Charters Diana Shipping’s Dry Bulk Vessel MV Maia

Dutch Glencore Grain Charters Diana Shipping's Dry Bulk Vessel MV Maia

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Maia.

The gross charter rate is US$10,900 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about eighteen (18) months to maximum twenty-four (24) months. The charter is expected to commence at the end of February 2013.

The Maia is a 82,193 dwt Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel built in 2009.

This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$5.7 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the charter.

Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 32 dry bulk carriers (17 Panamax, 2 Kamsarmax, 3 Post-Panamax, 8 Capesize and 2 Newcastlemax), as well as 2 new-building Ice Class Panamax vessels expected to be delivered to the Company during the fourth quarter of 2013. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of our current fleet, excluding the two vessels not yet delivered, is approximately 3.5 million dwt with a weighted average age of 5.9 years.

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Diana Shipping, February 21, 2013;