Chatur is director of the Singapore Maritime Academy, an institution contributing towards global maritime education and training since 1957. He is appointed as director on April 1 2023, overseeing strategic forecasting, planning, and resourcing, and in setting the strategic directions and capability development for the academy in core capability areas. He previously served as deputy director for administration and planning from 2018.
Chatur started his sea career with NSSPL in 1987 and subsequently served as a ship master with Ocean Bridge Shipping in 1999.
Chatur joined the Singapore Maritime Academy as a lecturer in 2000. During his career in the academia, he received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Singapore Polytechnic in 2005, served as an Elected Member of the Board of Studies of Singapore Polytechnic from 2012 to 2016, and was appointed as adjunct lecturer for both undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs at the Australian Maritime College (University of Tasmania) and Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (NHL University of Netherlands).
He has led a team in developing several part-time diploma and post-diploma courses offered jointly by the Singapore Polytechnic and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
For public service, Chatur has served as Council Member of the Singapore Nautical Institute (SNI) in 2003 and Executive Member of the Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association Singapore (MOOGAS) in 2016.
Chatur, an LLM (Maritime Law) 2007 graduate from the University of Southampton, England, was accredited as Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) in 2013. He currently sits in the Panel of Maritime Mediators, and has mediated several disputes at the Small Claim Tribunal in the State Courts and Syariah Court on a pro bono basis.