Google barge floats out of San Francisco Bay Area to its new home in Stockton

Google barge floats out of San Francisco Bay Area to its new home in StocktonOn Thursday, Google's mystery barge was moved out of the San Francisco Bay Area to be moored at a new location in Stockton - a city which is nearly 80 miles east of San Francisco on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta.

The departure of the mystery barge - which Google says will serve as the company's interactive technology center upon completion - from Treasure Island is in compliance with a January 31 order from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. The regulatory order said that Google did not have the requisite permits to build the project in San Francisco.

The barge - which is an strange-looking, four-story vessel - has now floated to the Port of Stockton, which does not fall within the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Under Google's agreement with the Port of Stockton, the barge will be housed at the port for six months. For mooring the barge at the port for the mentioned period, Google will have to pay a charge of between $10,000-12,000 per month.

About the barge floating to its new home, Port of Stockton Director Richard Aschieris said: "It was an exciting morning for us. This doesn't happen every day. In fact I would probably say this is, from a maritime point of view, the highest visibility vessel we may have ever hosted."