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Diana Shipping Acquires Capesize Bulker

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that yesterday it signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to acquire from an unaffiliated third party the m/v Churchill Bulker, a 2011 built Capesize dry bulk vessel of 179,362 dwt, for a purchase price of $28.5 million. The vessel, to be renamed Seattle, is expected to be delivered to the buyer by mid-November 2015. Excluding the newly acquired vessel, as well as one new-building Capesize dry bulk vessel expected to be delivered to the Company by mid-November 2015, one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel expected to be delivered to the Company during the second quarter of 2016, and one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel and one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel expected to be delivered to the company during the third quarter of 2016, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 41 dry bulk vessels (two Newcastlemax, 12 Capesize, three Post-Panamax, four Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax). As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet, excluding the five vessels not yet delivered, is approximately 4.7 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.57 years.  


Diana Shipping Signs Loan Facility with Danish Ship Finance

  Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$30 million, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, under a term loan facility it signed with Danish Ship Finance A/S. The proceeds will be used to partially finance the acquisition cost of a Capesize dry bulk vessel, the m/v Santa Barbara, which was delivered to the Company on January 12, 2015.


Diana Shipping Announces New Loan Terms and Time Charter

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Signing and Drawdown of a US$18 Million Term Loan Facility With Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Announces Time Charter Contract for m/v Crystalia With Glencore. Diana Shipping has announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$18 million, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, under a term loan facility it has signed for up to US$18 million with Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Diana Charters Panamax Bulker

Courtesy Diana Shipping

  Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Melite. The gross charter rate is $7,250 per day minus a 4.75 percent commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 11 months to maximum 14 months. The charter is expected to commence tomorrow.


Diana Shipping Fixes Two Bulkers

Los Angeles Photo Diana Shipping

  Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Los Angeles. The gross charter rate is US$7,750 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about twelve (12) months to about fifteen (15) months. The charter commenced today.


SwissMarine Hires Diana's Capesize Bulker

Courtesy Diana Shipping

  Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Aliki. The gross charter rate is US$5,300 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven (11) months to maximum fourteen (14) months. The charter is expected to commence tomorrow.


Diana Charters Bulk Carier to RWE

Diana Shipping Inc., through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a time charter contract with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen, Germany, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Houston. The gross charter rate is $12,750 per day minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 12 months to maximum 15 months. The charter is expected to commence on January 5, 2015.   The Houston is a 177,729 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel built in 2009.


Diana JV with WSM

Aliki Vessel. Photo by Diana Shipping Inc

 Dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping and Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) have joined forces in a new 50/50 joint venture named Diana Wilhelmsen Management Limited (DWM).   DWM, to be based in Limassol, Cyprus, and will commence operations by the end of June. It will begin operations by providing management services to "a limited number of vessels of Diana Shipping's fleet" and ultimately plans to provide management services to unaffiliated third-party vessel


Diana Agrees Charter for M/V Coronis

mv Coronis Photo Rene Bergh

  Diana Shipping Inc. announced today that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Sandgate Maritime Ltd for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Coronis. The gross charter rate is US$6,500 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum nine (9) months to maximum twelve (12) months. The charter commenced on July 3, 2015. The “Coronis” is a 74,381 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2006


SwissMarine Hires Diana's Capesize Bulker

m/v Houston: By Diana Shipping

 Greek dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter agreement with Geneva-based SwissMarine Services S.A. for its Capesize dry bulker the m/v Houston.   The gross charter rate is US$5,150 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven (11) months to maximum fourteen (14) months. The charter is expected to commence on January 30, 2016.  


Diana Fixes Bulker Duo with Glencore

Erato. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping Inc  has inked new time charters with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam for two of its panamaxes at rates below the previous charters, with the contracts commencing on March 26.   Diana entered into a time charter contract with Glencore for 74


China Shipping Development Company Proft Surges

Photo: China Shipping Development Company Limited

 China Shipping Development Company Limited (CSDC) achieved 34.95% higher profit for 2015 totaling in RMB417 million ($64.3 million) when compared to figures from 2014, mostly due to a very strong tanker market.   The revenue was stable at RMB12.21bn in 2015 compared to RMB12


Scorpio Cancels Kamsarmax Newbuilding Contract

Photo:  Scorpio Bulkers Inc

 Scorpio Bulkers has continued to cull its fleet expansion with the cancellation of a newbuilding contract for a kamsarmax bulk carrier.   US-listed bulker owner set to save $19.3m final installment costs after walking away from order


Diana Fixes Bulker with Quadra

Courtesy Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Quadra Commodities S.A., Geneva, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Medusa. The gross charter rate is US$6,300 per day


Cosco Merger May Change Industry Dynamics

Image: China Shipping group

 The merger between China Shipping group and the Cosco Group has given rise to a mammoth company that could trigger stability and extended consolidation in the global shipping industry, says a report in the WSJ.   The merger will free the two Chinese shipping groups from competing


LNG Bulker Cements Thordon's Green Future

JT Cements LNG-fuelled cement carried Greenland undergoing sea trials (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Sea trials aboard Greenland, the world’s first LNG-fuelled short-sea dry bulk vessel, have validated the performance of Thordon Bearings COMPAC propeller shaft solution, indicating that seawater-lubricated bearing systems are applicable to all ship types and are definitely here to stay.


CMA-CGM and Cosco Alliance in the Offing?

Ocean Three alliance. Image: Drewry

 The newly-formed shipping giant China Cosco Shipping Corporation and CMA CGM met recently in Shanghai to discuss the possibility of a new French-Asian alliance, say local Chinese media.   According to sources,  the alliance would also include Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)


Star Bulk Enters Chartering Pool

Star Bulk Courtesy Star Bulk

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that  it has entered into a Capesize vessel pooling agreement (“CCL”) with BOCIMAR INTERNATIONAL NV, GOLDEN OCEAN GROUP LIMITED and C TRANSPORT HOLDING LTD


China Launches Shipping Giant, Battles Slump

Debut comes as industry battles prolonged downturn. China on Thursday launched a challenge to global shippers AP Moller Maersk and Mitsui OSK Lines, but analysts said the giant company must slim down its workforce and order book to weather one of the industry's worst-ever slumps.


China Marine Giant COSCOCS Strategizes Business

Image: China COSCO Shipping Corp

 China COSCO Shipping Corp Ltd  (COSCOCS), a new company formed by the restructuring of China's top two shipping firms, was officially established on Thursday (February 18).   The Chairman Xu Lirong said his company,now the world's largest bulk vessel and oil tanker operator by


Diana Shipping Announces Time Charter Contract for Protefs with Transgrain

M/v Protefs. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping has  chartered the 73,630 dwt, 2004-built panamax, Protefs to Transgrain shipping for 12 – 16 months at a rate of $4,500 per day minus 5% commission.   This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$1


Eagle Bulk Gets Another Few Days

Photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

 Lenders to Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc gave it a few more days to negotiate a deal to boost its liquidity and avoid default.   The supramax specialist Eagle Bulk has extended its forbearance and standstill agreement with its creditors by a further three days to give it more time to find a


Diana Shipping Charters out Coronis

Courtesy Diana Shipping

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 entered into a time charter contract with Narina Maritime Ltd


Shipping Morale Suffers: Moore Stephens

Image: Moore Stephens

 Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell to a record low in the three months to February 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.  


Diana Acquires Panamax Bulker

Courtesy Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v Selina (formerly “Sunshine”), a 2010 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75,700 dwt that the Company entered into an agreement to purchase in February 2016.






 
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