Diana Shipping Inc. announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Bulk Trading SA, for one of its Ultramax dry bulk vessels, the m/v DSI Phoenix. The gross charter rate is USD 16,500 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period until minimum August 1, 2025 up to maximum September 30, 2025. The charter is expected to commence on May 8, 2024.

The m/v DSI Phoenix is currently chartered, as previously announced, to ASL Bulk Marine Limited, at a gross charter rate of USD 13,250 per day, minus a 5.00% commission paid to third parties. The ?DSI Phoenix? is a 60,456 dwt Ultramax dry bulk vessel built in 2017.

The employment of ?DSI Phoenix? is anticipated to generate approximately USD 7.33 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter. Upon completion of the previously announced sale of m/v Houston, Diana Shipping Inc.?s fleet will consist of 38 dry bulk vessels: 4 Newcastlemax, 8 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 6 Kamsarmax, 6 Panamax and 9 Ultramax.

The Company also expects to take delivery of two methanol dual fuel new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels by the second half of 2027 and the first half of 2028, respectively. The combined carrying capacity of the Company?s fleet including the m/v Houston and excluding the two vessels not yet delivered, is approximately 4.4 million dwt with a weighted average age of 10.73 years.