Diana Shipping Time Charter Contract

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva , for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Erato, at a gross rate of US$15,000 per day for a minimum eleven (11) to a maximum fourteen (14) month period.

This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$5 million of gross revenues for the minimum scheduled period of the charter. The charter is expected to commence during January 2009.

The m/v Erato is a 74,444 dwt Panamax dry bulk carrier built in 2004.

Diana Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services. The Company specializes in transporting dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.

(www.dianashippinginc.com)

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