Irish-led shipping company wins $2.5bn contract to deliver $1bn to Philippines

A shipping company from Ireland has won a $2 billion contract to supply a $1.6 billion relief package to the Philippines for its Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief effort.

The Irish ship, Oa Logistics, which is based in County Galway, was awarded the contract in the latest phase of the US-Philippine aid package, which was awarded in December last year.

The Philippine government has been heavily criticised for not providing adequate aid to the country after the deadly typhoon ravaged the country, killing more than 1,200 people.

Oa Logistic, based in Dublin, has been tasked with supplying more than 400 tonnes of supplies, which will be delivered to the island of Luzon from November 10.

The US is the largest beneficiary of the aid package which will enable it to purchase more food, medicine and other supplies for its military.

The bulk of the goods will be shipped to Manila via the port of Cebu and then on to the islands.

The Philippines is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 30 million people still in need of aid and many of the affected areas have been without power and running water for months.