The lights you see to the east off of Sullivan's Island are from the Liberian flagged bulk cargo ship MV Philippos. The bulker Philippos remains anchored off shore tonight, having failed to obtain clearance to enter Charleston Harbor from US Coast Guard Sector Charleston, it is not known when the ship might make port or depart the area.
The Port of Charleston does not list MV Philippos on their next 30 days list of expected arrivals.
We have no additional information as to why or how long the vessel might be at anchor.
Winds tonight are forecast to be out of the Northwest at 25 knots with gusts to 30 knots and sea running 3 to 5 feet. The Capers Island buoy is reporting winds at 21 knots and the temperature at 44.6 degrees. Making life not all that enjoyable floating at anchor in 40 feet of water.
While it is not unusual for vessels to anchor inside the harbor's quarantine zone, anchoring offshore of Charleston, unlike the port of Miami, is not all that common.
This reminds LFB of the cargo ship that became a fixture in the Charleston Harbor for months a few years back, while the courts figured out what to do about a law suit and injunction.