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Baltic index soars to over 2-month high as vessel rates rise

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Sept 24 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index jumped to over two-month high on Thursday as rates across vessel segments strengthened, particularly capesizes.

* The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities and reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, jumped 179 points, or 12.6%, to 1,605 points, its highest since July 20.

* The capesize index soared 512 points, or 22.8%, to 2,754 points, rising for a fourth straight session and hitting its highest level in more than two months.

* Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were up $4,249 at $22,841.

* The panamax index was up 22 points, or 1.6%, at 1,361 points, marking its seventh straight session of gains.

* Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes, increased $200 to $12,247.

* Among smaller vessels, the supramax index rose 12 points to 983 points. (Reporting by Diptendu Lahiri in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)