January 8, 2020 / 1:50 PM / 7 months ago

Baltic index extends drop on lower vessel rates

Jan 8 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index fell for the 20th straight session to a fresh over eight-month low on weaker demand across all vessels.

* The index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels that ferry dry bulk commodities, declined 18 points, or 2.3%, to 773 points, its lowest level since April 17, 2019.

* The capesize index fell 74 points, or 5.8%, to 1,197 - its lowest since May 8.

* Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes including iron ore and coal, decreased $2 to $9,020.

* The panamax index declined 42 points, or 5%, to 803 points, its lowest since Feb. 27.

* Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, dipped $386 to $7,223.

* The supramax index fell 18 points to 593.

Reporting by Harshith Aranya in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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