An estimated ten million pounds of food and supplies has been collected by Carnival Corporation for hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas.

Donations since efforts started on September 4 – three days after Hurricane Dorian struck the north-western part of island nation – have filled more than 250 shipping containers.

Most of the containers were delivered to the country’s National Emergency Management Agency, providing immediate relief to residents impacted by the storm.

The remaining containers are in process of being delivered as soon as possible for distribution.

The cruise giant last week signed agreements to develop a $100 million new port for Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama.

A further $80 million is to be spent on a new pier and other work to the Bahamian island of Little San Salvador, home to Holland America Line’s Half Moon Cay port.

Grand Bahama Shipyard, partly owned by Carnival Corporation, resumed vessel repair and refit operations two weeks after the hurricane struck.

A corporation spokesman said: “We are so appreciative of all the individuals and organizations that moved with such a sense of urgency and heartfelt concern to collect and drop off a remarkable volume of donations in a very short amount of time, all of which were delivered when needed most in the immediate aftermath of the storm.”