|Port of registry:|
|Builder:||Schichau Seebeckwerft, Bremerhaven, Germany|
|Launched:||30 July 1995|
|Christened:||25 March 1995|
|Acquired:||6 April 1995|
|In service:||15 April 1995|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Superfast I class fast ropax ferry|
|Displacement:||5,717 t DWT|
|Length:||173.50 m (569 ft 3 in)|
|Beam:||24.00 m (79 ft)|
|Draught:||6.41 m (21 ft 0 in)|
|Speed:||27.9 knots (51.7 km/h; 32.1 mph) maximum speed|
MS Skania is a fast ropax ferry operated by Unity Line on their Świnoujście-Ystad route. She was built in 1995 by Schichau Seebeckwerft in Bremerhaven, Germany for Superfast Ferries as MS Superfast I. Between 2004 and 2008 she sailed for Grimaldi Lines as MS Eurostar Roma.
Concept and construction
1995—2004: Superfast I
The Superfast I entered service on 14 April 1995 on Superfast Ferries' Patras—Ancona route. In March 1998 after the arrival of the Superfast III & Superfast IV, Superfast I, along with her sister MS Superfast II were transferred to a new route Bari - Igoumenitsa - Patras. In January 2004 the Superfast I was sold to Grimaldi lines, with a delivery date in February of the same year.
2004—2008: Eurostar Roma
Grimaldi Lines took over their new ship on 30 September 2003 and renamed her Eurostar Roma. On 15 March 2004, after a small refit she began on the Civitavecchia – Barcelona route. In March 2008 she was sold to the Polish Steamship Co. with delivery set for May 2008. In April, after the delivery of the new MS Cruise Roma she was put on Civitavecchia/ Salerno-Palermo- Tunis route for a short time.
2008 onwards: Skania
On 5 May she was handed over to her new owners, Polish Steamship Co (Unity Line) and renamed Skania. She then sailed to Gdańsk for a refit, in which her aft open deck was enclosed, amongst other upgrades for her new role. On 29 August she was Christened in Szczecin and had public open days for the flowing two days in the port. On 1 September 2008, she started on the over night Świnoujście–Ystad route. On 17 February 2009, the Skania was involved in a collision near Ystad (Sweden).