Autonomous vessels are some of the most exciting innovations happening within the maritime industry right now. During the IWBS Autonomous Vessels: They’ve Arrived…Are They Here to Stay? panel, numerous industry leaders took to the stage at Workboat Show 2021 to discuss where the technology is at and where it is headed in the short and long term.

Tom Latham, General Manager, Americas Region, HamiltonJet, was one of the panel participants. Since 2016, he has been the Americas’ Region General Manager for HamiltonJet, a marine industry leader in waterjet propulsion, controls technology, and autonomous applications. We caught up with Tom to detail how this experince impacted the discussion he had on stage, how the perception of autonomous technology has changed in a the past few years and much more.

Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Editorial Director for WorkBoat. He has created articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and plenty more for various communities as a contributor and editor. You can get in touch with him on Twitter: @jeremiahkarp