Baltic index gains on higher rates across vessels

June 15 (Reuters) - The Baltic exchange's main sea freight index rose for the fifth straight session on Tuesday, supported by stronger rates across vessel segments.

* The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, gained 81 points, or 2.8%, to 3,025.

* The capesize index rose by 152 points, or 4.3%, to a three-week high at 3,695.

* Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes of coal and steel-making ingredient iron ore, rose $1,257 to $30,640.

* Benchmark iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange , for September delivery, edged up 0.9% on Tuesday.

* The panamax index gained 64 points, or 1.9%, to 3,407, a peak since June 2010.

* Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, went up by $577 to $30,664.

* The supramax index rose 43 points to 2,667, the highest as per Refinitiv Eikon data available since 2017. (Reporting by Nishara Karuvalli Pathikkal in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

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