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Although Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is on the landlocked Caspian Sea, it has quite a busy port that services ships that are plying routes across the Caspian Sea.

Most of the ships are carrying crude oil, petroleum products and timber (40 of the 57 ships registered in Baku are oil tankers) and there are a couple of passenger services to ports in Iran and Turkmenistan as well.

This photograph was taken from a hill behind the port, looking across the bay to Baku. In the middle distance (behind the wharf) you can see part of the oilfield that stretches right down the coast south of Baku. Along this part of the Caspian Sea coast there are many small oil rigs on shore as well as large rigs offshore, and much of the shoreline is severely polluted from oil spills.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
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