Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 6-K

                OR 15D-16 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the month of November 2006

Commission File Number:  001-32458

                               DIANA SHIPPING INC.
                 (Translation of registrant's name into English)

                Pendelis 16, 175 64 Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
                     (Address of principal executive office)

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     Attached to this Report on Form 6-K as Exhibit 1 is a press release  issued
on November 27, 2006 by Diana Shipping Inc. (the "Company")  announcing that the
Company  has  entered  into a time  charter  of the MV Dione  and the  Company's
acceptance of an offer letter  relating to a credit facility with the Royal Bank
of Scotland PLC.

                                        Corporate Contact:
                                        Ioannis Zafirakis
                                        Director and Vice-President
                                        Telephone: + 30-210-9470100
                                        Email: izafirakis@dianashippinginc.com
For Immediate Release

                                        Investor and Media Relations:
                                        Edward Nebb
                                        Euro RSCG Magnet
                                        Telephone: + 1-212-367-6848
                                        Email: ed.nebb@eurorscg.com

                                FOR MV DIONE AND

ATHENS, GREECE, November 27, 2006 - Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), a global
shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, today
announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Pacific Carriers
Limited, Singapore for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the Dione, for a
minimum eleven (11) to about thirteen (13) month period. The gross charter hire
rate will be US$28,500 per day and the new charter is expected to commence on or
about December 7, 2006. The Dione is a 75,172 dwt Panamax dry bulk carrier built
2001 and is currently employed at US$17,000 per day.

This employment is expected to generate approximately US$9.5 million of gross
revenues for Diana Shipping for the minimum period of the charter.

The Company also announced that it has accepted an offer letter from Royal Bank
of Scotland for a 364-day credit facility of up to US$200 million, which will be
made available to the Company upon full utilization of the existing Revolving
Credit Facility of US$300 million.

Diana Shipping Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Simeon Palios, commented:
"We are pleased to announce a new time charter contract for the Dione and our
co-operation with a first class charterer such as Pacific Carriers Limited. The
new contract enhances Diana's earnings visibility and dividend paying ability
for 2007.

"We are also pleased to announce the further strengthening of our long standing
relationship with Royal Bank of Scotland through the acceptance of an offer
letter for a new loan facility which would support Diana's growth potential
should a suitable opportunity present itself in the medium term."

About the Company

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX) 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.  Diana  Shipping Inc.  priced its initial  public  offering of
common stock on March 17, 2005.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statement

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking
statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe
harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage
companies to provide prospective information about their business.
Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives,
goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and
other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this
cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words
"believe," "except," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project,"
"plan," "potential," "will," "may," "should," "expect" "pending and similar
expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various
assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions,
including without limitation, our management's examination of historical
operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from
third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when
made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant
uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and
are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish
these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our
view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in
the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and
currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates
and vessel values, changes in demand for dry bulk shipping capacity, changes in
our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs,
the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes
in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory
authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general
domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of
shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and
instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and
other risks and uncertainties.

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     Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                    DIANA SHIPPING INC.

Dated:  November 28, 2006                 By:    /s/ Anastassis Margaronis
                                                 Anastassis Margaronis

SK 23159 0002 725609