Strong demand across vessel segments lifts Baltic index

June 25 (Reuters) - Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index , tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday bolstered by firmer rates across vessel segments.

* The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, was up 80 points, or 2.5%, at 3,255 points. The index was up 1.2% for the week.

* The capesize index gained 126 points, or 3.3%, at 3,987 points, but was down 1% for the week, its first dip in three weeks.

* Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, increased $1,051 to $33,069.

* Chinese steel and iron ore futures rose on Friday, while coking coal and coke both gained nearly 5% against a backdrop of strong demand at mills and supply tightness.

* The panamax index was up 127 points, or 3.6%, at 3,642 points. The index was up 2.8% for the week, its fourth straight weekly gain.

* Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes, rose $1,135 to $32,774.

* Among smaller vessels, the supramax index rose 13 points to 2,877 points. (Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru)

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