Google’s barge construction is being investigated by San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development

Posted Dec 9, 2013

The mysterious barge owned by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in the San Francisco Bay in California is being investigated. The probe started this past week and the agency responsible for the investigation will determine what types of permits Google needs to have, according to Larry Goldzband, the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

“We want to make sure that the permits that are used by the owners of the pier actually allowed for construction to happen,” stated Goldzband in an interview with Reuters. The investigation is preliminary and is a “formal enforcement investigation.”

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is making changes to the barge’s design based on a request by the U.S. Coast Guard. It is standard practice to change vessels in order to ensure safety, security, and environmental protection regulations.

The barge has steel shipping containers stacked four stories.  There is speculation that Google will make the barge a floating showcase for products like Google Glass and Chromebooks. Others have speculated that it could be a floating retail store. Documents that were submitted to the Port of San Francisco in August said that it is an “artistic” technology exhibition space.

The investigation taking place now has a focus on the construction instead of future use.