Washington, D. C. 20549

                        Report of Foreign Private Issuer
                      Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                         For the month of December 2006

                        Commission File Number: 001-32458

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

                               Diana Shipping Inc.
                                   Pendelis 16
                              175 64 Palaio Faliro
                                 Athens, Greece
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

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       Attached to this Report on Form 6-K as Exhibit 1 is a press release
issued by Diana Shipping Inc. (the "Company") on December 18, 2006 announcing
that the Company has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill
International S.A. for its Panamax dry bulk carrier, the Triton.

                                                                       Exhibit 1

                                          Corporate Contact:
                                          Ioannis Zafirakis
                                          Director and Vice-President
                                          Telephone: + 30-210-9470100
For Immediate Release

                                          Investor and Media Relations:
                                          Edward Nebb
                                          Euro RSCG Magnet
                                          Telephone: + 1-212-367-6848

                             CONTRACT FOR MV TRITON

ATHENS, GREECE, December 18, 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 Cargill
International S.A. for its Panamax dry bulk carrier, the Triton, for a minimum
33 to maximum 36 months period at a gross daily charter hire rate of $24,400.
The charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further 11-13 month
period at a daily rate based on the average rate of four pre-determined time
charter routes as published by the Baltic Exchange. The optional period, if
exercised, must be declared on or before the end of the 30th month of employment
and can only commence at the end of the 36th month.

Diana Shipping Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Simeon Palios, commented:
"This new long term fixture demonstrates the strong relationship our Company has
developed through the years with first class charterers such as Cargill. The
duration and hire level of this time charter contract are the result of the
flexible chartering policy we have consistently pursued. This policy has allowed
us to take advantage of the strong spot market earnings while at the same time
helping to protect the fleet cash flow from unexpected declines in rates. It is
worthwhile noting that the minimum expected gross revenue from this latest
fixture is US$23.5 million, which is more than the Company paid in 2001 to
acquire the mv Triton and already brings the 2007 charter employment cover to at
least 60%."

The Triton is a 75,366 dwt Panamax dry bulk carrier built in 2001.

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:  December 19, 2006                     By:  /s/ Anastassis Margaronis
                                                   Anastassis Margaronis

SK 23159 0002 732218