Diana Shipping Inc. announces time charter contracts for m/v Medusa with Cargill, m/v Artemis and m/v Thetis with Ausca
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017
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 has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Medusa. The gross charter rate is US$10,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum twelve (12) months to maximum fifteen (15) months. The charter commenced on July 6, 2017. The m/v Medusa was chartered, as previously announced, to Quadra Commodities S.A., Geneva, at a gross charter rate of US$6,300 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties.
 
The “Medusa” is a 82,194 dwt Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel built in 2010.
 
The Company also announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Ausca Shipping Limited, Hong Kong, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Artemis. The gross charter rate is US$9,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum twelve (12) months to maximum fifteen (15) months. The charter commenced on July 8, 2017. The m/v Artemis was chartered, as previously announced, to Bunge S.A., Geneva, at a gross charter rate of US$5,350 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties.
 
The “Artemis” is a 76,942 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2006.
 
In addition, the Company announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Ausca Shipping Limited, Hong Kong, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Thetis. The gross charter rate is US$8,350 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum twelve (12) months to maximum fifteen (15) months. The charter is expected to commence on July 12, 2017. The m/v Thetis is currently chartered, as previously announced, to Transgrain Shipping B.V., Rotterdam, at a gross charter rate of US$5,150 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties.
 
The “Thetis” is a 73,583 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2004.
 
The employments of “Medusa”, “Artemis” and “Thetis” are anticipated to generate approximately US$9.85 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.
 
Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 51 dry bulk vessels (4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 23 Panamax). As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the Company’s fleet is approximately 5.9 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.94 years.

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