The delegates at the IMO have thrashed out a deal to put a cap on sulphur emissions of 0.5% to be implemented by 2020 in a ruling that has massive ramifications for the global fleet.
The ruling surprised many as debate earlier in the week at MEPC70 had dragged on.
The decision on sulphur however came within three hours of debate this afternoon.
The IMO is set to release further details on the ruling shortly.
The news was greeted by delegates attending the Danish Maritime Forum in Copenhagen with a spontaneous round of applause.
On hearing the news, Maersk Group tweeted: “Global regulations will help create a level playing field for the shipping industry”.
— Maersk (@Maersk) October 27, 2016