The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a fifth consecutive session on Tuesday, mirroring a dip in the capesize segment.
The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 75 points, or 4.2%, at 1,732 points, following its biggest percentage fall in over two months in the previous session.
The capesize index lost 222 points, or 6.7%, at 3,074 points, also falling for the fifth straight session.
However, iron ore shipments from Brazil and Australia to China, the world’s biggest buyer of the steel-making ingredient, were expected to rise in coming months on higher supplies from major miners and easing port congestion.
Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were down $1,836 to $25,497.
The panamax index was down seven points, or 0.5%, at 1,436 points, snapping seven straight sessions of gains.
Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes, decreased $59 to $12,927.
Among smaller vessels, the supramax index was flat at 982 points, while the handysize index rose two points to 598 points.