What is a Gob rope? Why it is used for?

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A ‘gob rope’ is used by a tug to change the position of the towing position from midships to the aft end of the tug. The purpose of this is to prevent the tug from capsizing caused by the direction of the towline ‘girting’ the tug. See attached pic.

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