“I have at least a million stories,
here inside my mind
At least a million stories,
that will last for time
Now I know it’s time to leave
but let’s not say goodbye
Just walk away and turn around
let me see that smile
and I’ll Remember You
I remember you
If by chance I never pass
this way again
Time should take me on to other places,
Please, know that I hold you
here close beside my heart
You, me and those memories
we will never part.
because I’ll Remember You
I remember you”
Now in a hands of a woman and those hands belongs to Ann-Charlotte … she are the in charge of the recycling of Stena Voyager, very smart and pleasant young lady.
Roughly a month ago was it time for me to be able go on board for the last time together with Per, a journalist from our local newspaper. A warm and sunny day. Ann-Charlotte had driven from Ronneby, 17 mil/106 miles to be a fantastic host for us, show us around and tell the story about what is going to happen from now onward. – together with the director for the company that is handling the 8 months long process.
The visit should have been the week before, but Stena Recycling had contacted Per and informed him that they didn’t feel it was safe enough for us to go on board. It was with very mixed feeling I made my way down to the harbor – I thought that is was going to be hard to handle .. and extreme emotional for me, but we had some pleasant hours with Voyager.
Ann-Charlotte told us that Voyager will be recycled to 100% – everything will be used, sold or recycled. She told us that it doesn’t make sense to send vessels to Asia to be broken into pieces, mostly because of environment reason. When done here in Sweden by one of the companies in the Stena Sphere – they have better control over the whole process. I think it’s fantastic that nothing will be wasted.
There is many kinds of recycling: fuel, technical, electrical, metal, fittings and soft – soft recycling is what will be burned – and that then will heat up streets and buildings. Fitting recycling is was can be used somewhere else, sold or auctioned to other vessels or for shore side usage.
Everything has been counted for and put on record so they know exactly where everything is going . The organization behind the dismantle is nearly so big as it was to start HIM up in 1996. An inventor is done of everything on board – and what Voyager is put together of – a process that started and done in Belfast.
There wasn’t any electricity on board – so it was very dark in some areas, but we went through the whole craft and – HE looked good, even if equipment, fittings and some furnishings were missing. So I could only take photos where there was daylight enough.
I found my first condiments draws still on the counter in the Riva Lounge – not looking its best. Up on the bridge where we were invited for freshly brewed coffee and mineral water with cookies …. a captains uniforms jackets were hanging over the commando chair, I wonder who it once belonged to???!!!. A very nice touch – even if no captain was sailing HIM over form Belfast to the final destination, there was a captain jacket present.
We walked around in all areas … and I tried to paint the story about how it was … when we was up and running. Everybody seems to remember when the lorry was hanging outside the aft door … for 24 hours. All publishes is good – even the not so good ones.
All isolation on car deck was more or less removed and very orderly stacked on lower car deck – a mountain of papers and files was also well stacked on car deck, what I could see – it most mostly from the nautical side of the operation. The dismantle of the craft very well organized and so tidy.
So wonderful to see .. it looked more like HE was going through a major refit. It really felt good to leave HIM in the hands of Ann-Charlotte and knowing that every inch of this massive, beautiful and powerful craft will be reused in some way and somehow will get a new life and it’s going to be all done with biggest dignity and greatest respect. Maybe will HE become some contemporary furnishings or fitting in a trendy bar somewhere.
After we said goodbye to Ann-Charlotte – was it time for going back into town center I got a ride with Per in the newspapers little colorful car .. and I finished of a great afternoon with this years first soft ice cream. And while walking through the park I stopped and smelled the flowers.
By the way I made it to the front page of the local newspaper – the headline says – A dear reunion with “the big man”. Also about 10 days ago I read that they were holding an auction on board – selling the entire interior and quite a few speculators was there. Wonder if anyone bought my condiments draws????!!!!
“Gone, but never forgotten”
Stuart Murray, crew member Stena Voyager
I found this little beautiful tune … on Soundcloud, called “I’ll Remember You” – with such suitable lyrics. Singer and songwriter is Christian Andréason who lives in Los Angeles. He must have some connection with Sweden because … his surname are Swedish. Through Google I found out that he had “a near-death/out-of-body experience.” in June 1995, after a mixture of strong pain killers and dental anesthesia.