Oct 14 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, inched lower on Monday on weaker capesize vessel rates.
* The Baltic index, which reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell 8 points, or 0.4%, to 1,916.
* The capesize index dropped 36 points, or 1.1%, to 3,254.
* The average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, fell $317 to $26,065.
* The panamax index gained 12 points, or 0.6%, to 1,928, posting its seventh consecutive gain.
* Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, rose $100 to $15,455.
* The supramax index was up 5 points at 1,223. (Reporting by Nakul Iyer in Bengaluru)