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Baltic index eases on capesize, panamax slide

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index dipped on Monday on losses in the large and medium-sized vessel segments.

The index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels carrying dry bulk commodities, inched 10 points lower, or 0.3%, to 3,282.

The capesize index dropped 34 points, or 0.8%, to 4,272.

Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes of iron ore, lost $284 to $35,429.

Chinese ferrous futures fell on Monday, with steel rebar and hot rolled coils both plunging some 6%, after Beijing updated its stance on carbon reduction work, raising worries of an adjustment in output cuts.

Benchmark iron ore futures extended losses into a fifth straight session; closed down 0.9% at 1,054 yuan per tonne.

The panamax index dipped 14 points, or 0.4%, to a near two-month low of 3,290, extending a losing streak that began on July 5.

Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, were down $124 at $29,610.

The supramax index rose 14 points to 2,959.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Seher Dareen in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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