Diana Shipping Receives Newcastlemax Bulk Carrier
On May 16 Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) took delivery of the newly-built m/v "Philadelphia", a Newcastlemax dry bulk carrier of 206,040 dwt that was contracted in April 2010. As previously announced, the m/v "Philadelphia" is chartered to EDF Trading Ltd., London, at a gross rate of $18,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a minimum forty-four (44) to a maximum fifty (50) month period. The charter commenced yesterday. This employment is anticipated to generate approximately $23.76 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the charter. The Company also announced that through one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, it has completed the drawdown of $34.65 million fromits previously announced loan facility of $82.6 million with The Export-Import Bank of China ("China Eximbank") having a majority interest and DNB Bank ASA as agent. The purpose of this drawdown was to partially finance the acquisition cost of the m/v Philadelphia.
Including the newly-delivered m/v "Philadelphia", Diana Shipping Inc.'s fleet currently consists of 28 dry bulk carriers (17 Panamax, 1 Post-Panamax, 8 Capesize and 2 Newcastlemax), as well as two 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 3.2 million dwt with a weighted average age of 5.75 years.