Feb 14 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index inched up on Friday and registered its first weekly gain in ten weeks as firm panamax vessel rates outweighed losses in the coronavirus-hit capesize segment. * The Baltic index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels that ferry dry bulk commodities, edged up 4 points, or 1.0%, to 425. * For the week, the main index gained over 2.4%, breaking nine straight weeks of declines. * The capesize index fell 10 points to negative 294, registering its ninth consecutive weekly fall. * “The dry bulk market is heavily dependent on China and their mills and factories are not still working in full capacity,” said Greece-based EastGate Shipbrokers, adding demand for raw materials such as iron ore and coal has been impacted as a result. * Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes including iron ore and coal, fell $87 to $2,445.