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DSX Diana Shipping

Filed: 23 Apr 21, 4:43pm
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549

FORM 6-K

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13A-16 OR 15D-16
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the month of April 2021

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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INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS FORM 6-K REPORT


On April 23, 2021, Diana Shipping Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an Equity Distribution Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Maxim Group LLC (“Maxim”), as sales agent, under which the Company may offer and sell, from time to time through Maxim, up to US$200.0 million of its common shares, par value $0.01 per share.

Attached hereto as Exhibit 1.1 is a copy of the Equity Distribution Agreement, dated April 23, 2021, by and between the Company and Maxim.

Attached hereto as Exhibit 5.1 is the opinion of Seward & Kissel LLP relating to the common shares.

The information contained in this Report on Form 6-K and the exhibits attached hereto are hereby incorporated by reference into the Company’s registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-225964) that was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and became effective on of July 26, 2018.



SIGNATURES

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.
 (Registrant)
  
Dated:  April 23, 2021
/s/ Anastassis Margaronis
 Anastassis Margaronis
 President