Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 6-K

                     OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the month of April 2007

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 dated April
24, 2007 from Diana Shipping Inc. (the "Company") announcing that it has entered
into a long term time charter contract for the dry bulk carrier Capesize
newbuilding Hull No. H1043.

                                                                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 WITH B.H.P. BILLITON

ATHENS, Greece, April 24, 2007 - Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global
shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, today
announced that it has entered into a long term time charter contract with B.H.P.
Billiton Marketing A.G. of Baar, Switzerland for the dry bulk carrier Capesize
newbuilding Hull No. H1043. The vessel, approximately 177,000 dwt, is currently
being constructed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and the Company
expects to take delivery in November 2007.

The charter contract provides for an approximately 47 to 49 month period at a
fixed gross rate of $52,000 per day. The charterer has the option to employ the
vessel for a further 11-13 month period at the same daily gross charter rate.
The charter is expected to commence immediately after the delivery of the vessel
to the Company.

During the minimum period of approximately four years, this employment is
expected to generate gross revenues of approximately $75 million. If the
charterer exercises its option for the fifth year, the charter is expected to
generate gross revenues of approximately $93 million over the entire period.

Diana Shipping Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Simeon Palios, commented:
"Once again Diana Shipping Inc. has demonstrated its ability to acquire and
employ a vessel on terms that are accretive to the dividend per share. We
believe that in the current market, Capesize vessel prices are justified when an
owner can charter the vessels for long periods at attractive rates. In our view,
first class charterers are usually prepared to enter into long term
relationships only with companies that they consider well-established having
stable earnings and no extensive liabilities."

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:  April 24, 2007                      By:    /s/ Anastassis Margaronis
                                                   Anastassis Margaronis

SK 23159 0002 767744