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 February 2007

                        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. on February 6, 2007 announcing a new Capsize
vessel acquisition and long-term time charter agreement with BHP Billiton
Marketing AG.

                                                                   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


ATHENS, Greece, February 6, 2007 - Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global
shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, today
announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with an unaffiliated
third party for the purchase of a Capesize dry bulk carrier of approximately
175,000 dwt, currently under construction by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding
Co., Ltd., for the price of $98 million. The vessel, to be named Semirio, is
expected to be delivered to the Company by the sellers immediately upon
completion of its construction on or about June 15, 2007.

The Company also announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with
BHP Billiton Marketing AG for the Semirio for a four-year period with one year
extension at the charterer's option. For the initial period of about 47 to 49
months, the gross daily charter hire rate will be $51,000 during the first two
years of the charter and $31,000 during the third and fourth years of the
charter. The charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further 11-13
month period at a daily charter rate of $48,500. The time charter contract is
expected to commence shortly after the delivery of the vessel to the Company.

During the initial two years, this employment is expected to generate gross
earnings of approximately $35.7 million and is expected to generate gross
earnings of $21.7 million during the third and fourth years, amounting to a
total of $57.4 million. If the charterer exercises its option for the fifth
year, the charter is expected to generate aggregate gross earnings of
approximately $74 million over the entire period.

Diana Shipping Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Simeon Palios, commented:
"Expanding in the Capesize sector while at the same time operating modern
vessels is an objective our Company has repeatedly expressed. The new weighted
average age of our fleet at the time of Semirio's delivery (not including the
two newbuildings on order for delivery in 2010) will decrease to 3.7 years and
the total cargo carrying capacity will increase to approximately 1.5 million
dwt. With this fixture, Diana Shipping Inc. enhances its relationship with BHP
Billiton, the world's largest diversified resources company, and at the same
time improves the visibility of earnings."

Upon delivery of this vessel and including other vessels under construction, the
Company's fleet will consist of thirteen Panamax and five Capesize dry bulk

About the Company
Diana Shipping Inc. 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.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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," "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:  February 7, 2007                     By:  /s/ Anastassis Margaronis
                                                  Anastassis Margaronis

SK 23159 0002 745799