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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday dragged down by lower demand for larger vessel segments.
Egypt will tender next week to import 10 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery in July and August, an official from the state gas company, EGAS, said on Thursday.
More coal cargoes, rising oil prices could support rates.
Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to rise next week on