Diana Shipping Inc., (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen, Germany, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v “JK Pioneer” (to be renamed “P. S. Palios”). The gross charter rate is US$18,350 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about twenty-two (22) months to maximum December 31, 2015. The charter is expected to commence upon delivery of the vessel to the Company, by the end of November 2013.
As previously announced on October 8, 2013, the above mentioned vessel is a 2013 built Capesize dry bulk carrier of 179,134 dwt that the Company entered into an agreement to purchase in October 2013. On the same date it was also announced that the vessel was chartered to Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG, Luebeck, Germany, (“Oldendorff”) at a gross charter rate of US$11,500 per day, where the charterer had the option to redeliver the vessel at any time before, but not later than, March 30, 2014. Oldendorff is now expected to redeliver the vessel back to the sellers before the new owners take delivery of same.