Baltic index nears 3-month peak on higher demand across vessels

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March 10 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange's dry bulk sea freight index (.BADI) jumped to its highest in nearly three months on Thursday, as rates rose across vessel segments.

* The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 146 points to 2,704 points, its highest since Dec. 14.

* The capesize index (.BACI) gained 331 points, or 14.5%, to 2,613 points, its highest since Dec. 21.

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* Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, increased $2,740 to $21,668.

* "The North Atlantic has been suffering as the Russian invasion of Ukraine has taken out loading areas either directly caused by war or by self-sanctions," Fearnleys said in a weekly note on Wednesday.

* "Further linked to the war we see much more coal heading towards Europe from destinations which is atypical - replacing Russian coal."

* The panamax index (.BPNI) was up 39 points at 3,233 points, its highest since Dec. 7.

* Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, increased $353 to $29,097.

* Tunisia's state grains agency has issued another international tender to buy about 125,000 tonnes of soft wheat and 100,000 tonnes of animal feed barley as prices hover around 14-year highs.

* The supramax index (.BSIS) rose 78 points, its highest in more than four months, to 2,923 points.

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Reporting by Rahul Paswan in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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