Greece’s Diana Shipping, listed on the American stock market, has revealed that it will sell to an unaffiliated third party, the 2009-built vessel “Houston”, with delivery to the buyer latest by September 16, 2024.

The Semiramis Paliou-led company, which saw a net income of $9.4m for the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the net income of $25.7m at the same period in 2022, is selling its capesize dry bulk vessel, “Houston” for a price of $23.3m before commissions.

The vessel is currently on charter at $13,000 gross rate per day with EGPN Bulk Carrier Co ltd with redelivery date to the owner from 1 July 2024 to 31 August 2024.

Earlier this year the New York-listed owner signed a Memorandum of Agreement to sell the 2006-built panamax vessel “Artemis” with delivery to the buyer latest by March 8, 2024.

The Palios family said that the sales price is $12.99m before commissions.

The shipowner also recently signed shipbuilding contracts for two 81,200-dwt methanol dual-fuel newbuilding kamsarmax dry bulkers, for a purchase price of $46m each.

Diana Shipping placed the order through an unaffiliated third-party nominee of Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, for the two kamsarmax vessels to be built at Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding, in China.

The newbuild vessels are expected to be delivered to Diana Shipping by the second half of 2027, and the first half of 2028 respectively.