Dry bulk shipping should improve modestly in 2021 amid robust demand from China and a post-Covid-19 recovery, experts say.

Global trade of commodities such as iron ore, coal and grains stands to grow by 7%, offsetting a 2% decline in 2020, according to UK-based Maritime Strategies International (MSI).

Fleet employment should also improve, although it fell to only 83% this year despite lengthy crew changes and virus lockdowns, MSI added.

Tonne-mile demand, which grew 2% in 2020, is set to expand by 8.2%